Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel  
 
search

UMD    This Site





UPDATE: Hi-res video now available:

On July 13, the students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering completed their scheduled summer flight session with a new unofficial flight duration of 12.4 seconds. If verified by the National Aeronautic Association, this new time will shatter the team's previous 4.2-second U.S. national record set in May.

Between the May flights and yesterday's, the students enhanced Gamera's cockpit and transmission and added LEDs to its landing gear that turn on when the vehicle is off the ground. Judy Wexler, the biology student who piloted the record-setting flight in May, was also on board in the most recent session.

"Our students demonstrate the combination of technical expertise and determination to succeed that will bring continued technological progress to our nation and our world," stated Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. "During these flight tests they faced formidable obstacles when Gamera suffered its first significant structural problems, but they worked through the night to repair these and the next day achieved our best flights. Their spirit fills me with pride."

The team plans further flights in the fall to move closer to winning the Sikorsky Prize, established by the American Helicopter Society in 1980. The prize requires a flight of one minute, during which the vehicle attains an altitude of three meters at some point and remains within a 10 square meter area. No team has yet come close to winning the prize, now valued at $250,000.

Low-res video available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzuXMbtSIpk

NOTE: higher-res video will be available later today.



Related Articles:
Two National Records for Gamera
Clark School Wins Helicopter Design Competition
Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies
UMD Students Take Top Spot in Battle of the Rockets Video Payload Event
UMD Team Lands First Place in AHS Student Design Competition
UMD Students Win Poster Session at NASA's Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Chopra Promoted to Rank of Distinguished University Professor
UMD Students Place Second in 2014 RASC-AL Competition
Chopra Publishes New Book
Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team's 97-Second Flight Record Certified by NAA

July 14, 2011


«Previous Story  

 

 

Current Headlines

University of Maryland School of Engineering Announces Unprecedented Investment from A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation

UMD Researchers Receive Funding to Further Study ‘Fire Whirls’

UMD Opens Outdoor Flight Laboratory to Advance Autonomy, Robotics

UMD Teams Place 1st at AHS International's 34th Annual Student Design Competition

Relive Totality With Clark School Images, Videos

Hubbard Co-Authors New Book on Flexible Multi-Body Dynamics for Flapping Wing Vehicles

Davidson and Plotkin Selected as 2017-2018 Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars

UAS Test Site Hosts International Justice System Workshop Participants

Intern Designs Payload Integration System for NASA

Jones invited to NAE 2017 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

 
 
Back to top  
Wind Tunnel Home Clark School Home UMD Home Aerospace home