February 28, 2013

Human-powered helicopter breaks record with 50-second flight

The newest version of the craft weighs only 71 pounds, 30 less than the previous one, which stayed aloft for 11 seconds in 2011. Gamera II harvests power from arm movements as well as pedals, transmitting more power to the four large rotors.

(via NBC News)

comments

  1. Casey Cichowicz on February 28th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    That’s pretty great. I’m surprised the rotors go so slowly.

  2. rick neece on March 1st, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Seems like there oughtta be some geeky gear shit to make the rotors go faster while the peddler goes slower. And the sky-roads are going to have to be a helluvalot wider than imagined in My Weekly Reader 50 years ago. ‘Course what do I know? I’m no engineer.