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Records are made to be broken, and a bunch of students at the University of Maryland are smashing the ones they just set earlier this summer. They're so close to winning the crazy-hard American Helicopter Society's Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter competition — watch an amazing eight-foot flight past the jump.
Henry Enerson, a freshman at UMD, is one of a handful of pilots taking turns furiously pedaling in the cockpit of the Gamera II, a human-powered quadcopter. The team has already met one major requirement of the Sikorsky Prize this week, hovering for 65 seconds. Now if they can hit one minute and get a little higher than 8 feet -- to exactly 3 meters, or 9.8 feet -- they'll win the $250,000 32-year-old prize.
Originally posted by adrift
The blades have that CGI look to them and the helicopter starts to ascend before the blades have barely even made one full revolution?
Not to mention the pilot in mid-air looks like a Monty Python cut-out from my childhood.
And at 00:53, the girl seems to run through the whole frame while the camera is shaking?
I dunno, i just don't get that legit feeling from it.
Originally posted by Monger
Well, that didn't take long. The 'if I can't do it, nobody else can either' crowd really loves crashing good threads with their hur dur dur dur during.