Building a Human Powered Helicopter
The team is attempting to win the Sirkosky Challenge. This is a challenge proposed by the American Helicopter Society in 1980 with a prize of $250,000. In order to win, the team’s flight machine must
- use only human power
- be off the ground for at least 60 seconds
- reach a minimum 3 meter altitude during the flight
- stay within a 10 meter box
While many man-powered aircraft have been produced, making a man-powered helicopter is quite difficult, as explained in the really cool video about the project shown below.
Best of luck to the team! I’m very curious to see how this turns out.