Aerovelo’s human-powered helicopter Atlas won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Challenge and its $250,000 prize. During the record-breaking 64 second flight, Atlas reached a height of 3.3 meters.
The American Helicopter Society’s Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition represents the third largest monetary prize in aviation history.
The monumental feat requires a human to hover to an altitude of 3 meters under his/her own power, and to remain aloft for at least 1 minute. The challenge is test of ingenuity, athleticism and determination.
Atlas turned out to be twice as big as anything that had been built before – it was bigger than most commercial aircraft – and much, MUCH, bigger than the human inside it.