AeroVelo, a team of engineers from the University of Toronto, has successfully claimed the 33-year old prize in the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. The $250,000 was awarded to AeroVelo for being the first team to successfully fly a human powered copter for sixty seconds at an altitude of 3 meters (9.8-ft) while remaining in a 10-meter (32.8-ft) square. Atlas, the team's helicopter, weighs in 52-kg (115-lbs), has four 20.4-meter (67-foot) rotors, is 58-meters (190-feet) long, and was powered by a dude with a pair of legs that could easy pop my head right off my neck. You know, sometimes when I'm doing some really hard thinking I tell myself I want legs like that. Then I take a good long look at my own little chicken legs and I say, "Self, that would take hard work and dedication." Then I flush and pull my pants up and stagger back to the couch.
Hit the jump for a worthwhile video of the award-winning flight.
Thanks to Orcbutt, who actually looks surprisingly good in bicycle shorts despite the name.