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The Flights of Gamera: A Human Powered Helicopter

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Published on Mar 30, 2012

"Gamera" is a human-powered helicopter built and flown by students at the University of Maryland's Clark School of Engineering in pursuit of the yet unclaimed 30-year old "AHS Sikorsky Prize", created by the American Helicopter Society in 1980 (http://www.vtol.org/awards-and-contes...). Additional goals of the project are to educate and inspire the next generation of engineers to tackle big challenges.

This video documents the two rounds of flight tests of Gamera. The first round of testing in May 2011 culminated in a 4.2 second lift-off, a huge accomplishment for the team's first try at it. This was the first human powered helicopter to leave the ground in over 17 years. The second round of flight testing in July 2011 achieved a record-setting 11.4 second flight.

Work is underway on a new vehicle, Gamera II, which is projected to have flight durations of over 60 seconds, which is one component of the AHS Sikorsky Prize (http://youtu.be/OdxF_QGBqPI).


Video Credits:
Portions of the video with the "AP" logo (and the audio clips of Dean Darryll Pines and Judy Wexler) were clipped from the following excellent Associated Press video about the Gamera flights: http://youtu.be/RcFnmp41ts0

Music clips in order:
"Fly" by Sugar Ray
"Hourglass" by Zircon
"The A-team Theme Song" by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter

Video edited by Ben Berry
Epic photo of Dr. Pines at the end: Brandon Bush (http://www.ab2imagery.com/)

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