Thursday, 11 July 2013

After 33 years, Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter

On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres.

The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal: a helicopter that would work purely by human power, able to reach as high as 3 meters and stay in the air for at least 60 seconds!

This video is a compilation of footage from the record flight, as well as previous test flights. For uncut videos and official documentation of the record flight visit

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