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Published on Sep 7, 2012
This video (from 9/1/12), shows Gamera II, the University of Maryland's human powered helicopter, achieving its highest ever altitude. Pilot Henry Enerson climbed to 9.4 feet, measured by telemetry from a sonar altimeter.
Upon descent a joint which had been repaired after the 8/30 crash, failed. The structure arm failed causing the helicopter to fall from an altitude of a few feet. No one was injured during the crash.
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).
For more information on the AHS Prize, go to www.vtol.org/hph
To follow Team Gamera, subscribe to this YouTube channel Twitter: @UMD_Gamera www.agrc.umd.edu/gamera