A team of hard working student’s at the University of Maryland are closing in on the American Helicopter Society’s $250,000 Sikorsky Prize, which was announced over thirty years ago and still remains unclaimed.
The requirements for the Sikorsky Price are simple, yet not easy to accomplish:
The human-powered helicopter has to be able to lift off the ground vertically and hover for one minute, reach a height of three meters (10 feet) without drifting from a 10-square-meter area.
University of Maryland engineering students recently managed to keep their helicopter, the Gamera II, in the air for a world-record 65 seconds while staying within the required 10 square meter area. Unfortunately they never reached the required height, but they have done it in shorter flights.