Human-powered helicopter takes prize with record-breaking flight

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    Jul 12, 2013 3:09 AM GMT
    Team wins $250,000 prize for first human-powered helicopter flight to exceed 1 minute. An enormous contraption, the 4 rotors rotate exceptionally slow, but the damn thing does hover high enough to meet the prize criteria.



    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/human-powered-helicopter-takes-prize-record-breaking-flight-6C10611810
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    Jul 12, 2013 3:36 AM GMT
    Wow, that's pretty cool. Nice quads on the pilot too! icon_twisted.gif
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    Jul 12, 2013 4:45 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWow, that's pretty cool. Nice quads on the pilot too! icon_twisted.gif

    Yeah, they needed an athlete who had the required strength and endurance. An expert bicyclist was also used in the first successful human-powered flight across the English Channel.
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    Jul 12, 2013 11:05 AM GMT
    Fuckin awesome! I want one.
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    Jul 12, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    That was awesome! I almost didn't even look real, like it was being lifted by something else.
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    Jul 12, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    Actually, Pippi Longstocking made the first one, but whatever...
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    Jul 12, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    pf0081 saidThat's cool, but I don't understand why they need all those propellers and that many materials.

    I'm not an aeronautical engineer, but evidently the slow-moving airfoils have more lift than a faster rotating conventional rotor, for the energy expended. A good example of thinking out of the box.

    The contest also specified the craft had to meet stability parameters, and not drift excessively. Four rotors may have solved this challenge w/o resorting to elaborate and heavy control mechanisms.
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    Jul 12, 2013 4:14 PM GMT
    I remember reading the article about these guys in either PopMech or PopSci back when they were still in the development phase. Pretty cool that they pulled it off.
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    Jul 12, 2013 5:00 PM GMT
    Amazing! Any clue as to what the carbon footprint might be, though?
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    Jul 13, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    Looking_to_come_out saidAmazing! Any clue as to what the carbon footprint might be, though?


    Large enough for an overworked cliche to fall into.
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    Jul 13, 2013 5:19 PM GMT
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    Looking_to_come_out saidAmazing! Any clue as to what the carbon footprint might be, though?


    Large enough for an overworked cliche to fall into.

    Thought as much. :/
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    Jul 13, 2013 5:41 PM GMT
    At last! A new career opportunity for Lance Armstrong.

    Wish there was a picture of the whole thing. It must be quite the rig.
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    Jul 13, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    "...isn't practical for day-to-day human flight."

    Yet.
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    Sep 24, 2013 5:09 AM GMT
    Hmmm...checked ebay...no one's selling yet. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 28, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    Araneidude saidAmazing! Any clue as to what the carbon footprint might be, though?


    Just methane.
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    Sep 28, 2013 5:28 AM GMT
    ART_DECO saidTeam wins $250,000 prize for first human-powered helicopter flight to exceed 1 minute. An enormous contraption, the 4 rotors rotate exceptionally slow, but the damn thing does hover high enough to meet the prize criteria.



    http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/human-powered-helicopter-takes-prize-record-breaking-flight-6C10611810


    Well, this would be motivation to finish your cardio and not just quit.
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    Sep 28, 2013 7:25 AM GMT
    I would have kept it in the air longericon_cool.gificon_twisted.gificon_cool.gif