New Human Powered Helicopter
The new helicopter is called Upturn. Not only is "Upturn" descriptive of the helicopter, but it's also something we've been waiting for in the economy. It's about time!
Call for pilots
The Sikorsky Prize is an open challenge to build a human powered helicopter that can hover for one minute and at some point reach a height of three meters. The helicopter has to be solely powered by muscle power with no stored energy. It also has to stay within a three meter square area which eliminates the use of a airplane.
The prize money for winning the Sikorsky prize has recently been increased from $20,000 to $250,000. Since it requires much more than $20,000 to build a successful helicopter, it is now possible to win the competition and not lose money.
A human powered helicopter is possibly the last great challenge in aviation. Building a human powered helicopter is much more difficult than building a human powered airplane. In simple terms, airplanes work by climbing on a ramp of air while helicopters have to lift themselves straight up. Lifting straight up is many times more difficult than using a ramp. This is why there have only been three human powered helicopters to ever get off the ground despite the fact that it has been attempted dozens of times by teams from all over the world.
Rotor Blade Section
Rotor Diameter = 85 feet
Rotor RPM = 10.4
Weight = 95 pounds
Target Pilot Weight = 125-135 pounds
Power Required to Hover @ 9 feet = 1.0 hp
Tip Propeller Diameter = 6 feet
Tip Propeller RPM = 424
First Test 10/23/2011
Pilot in Cockpit
Covering Rotor Blades
Cutting The Tip Propeller Cores
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