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Published on Sep 1, 2012
This video (from 8/30/12), shows Gamera II, the University of Maryland's human powered helicopter, crashing upon landing from a max altitude attempt with pilot Colin Gore. After climbing to an incredible 8.6 feet, the helicopter drifted upon descent and a rotor landing gear struck the ground at a sideward angle, putting excessive load on the structure. The pilot and team members were unharmed.
The project's goal is to win the American Helicopter Society's Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, also known as the AHS Prize or the Sikorsky Prize. The requirements, set in 1980 and not yet completed by anyone, are to hover for 60-seconds and momentarily reach an altitude of 3-meters (9.8 feet).