Human-Powered Helicopters: Straight Up Difficult

Jake Spurlock

Web Developer at MAKE. I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems.

Also, a geek, designer, HTML/CSS/PHP lover. Taker of photos, and sometimes skiing and biking...

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By Jake Spurlock

Web Developer at MAKE. I'm an Engineer. That means I solve problems.

Also, a geek, designer, HTML/CSS/PHP lover. Taker of photos, and sometimes skiing and biking...

47 Articles

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Love this great NPR piece about engineering students at University of Maryland trying to win a three-decades-old contest for human powered flight. The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition offers a $250,000 prize for a human-powered helicopter that can fly for 60 seconds, reach a momentary altitude of 3 meters, and stay within a 10 meter square. The Maryland students are getting very close to that lofty goal.

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