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VICTORY!: Team Succesfully Claims 33-Year Old Prize For A Human Powered Helicopter

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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.

There are Comments.
  • Lee

    Hell yeah Canadians did it!!!!!!!!

  • Now, has the prize been increased since 1980? Because $250,000 back then was worth a lot more than it is now.

  • Simplydays

    I'm sure you meant, "Hard Drinking."

  • Guest

    I'm sure you meant "heavy drinking."

  • Brian Brennan

    Yes this had been done before. It was called the Flintstone Flyer.

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