Clark School Home UMD

ECE News Story

Clark School Team Unofficially Satisfies Two Sikorsky Prize Requirements

Clark School Team Unofficially Satisfies Two Sikorsky Prize Requirements

Students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have unofficially satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with a flight that unofficially lasted 65 seconds, stayed within a 10 square meter area and hovered at two feet of altitude. This flight also establishes new unofficial U.S. and world flight duration records.

Pilot Colin Gore, a materials science and engineering graduate student at the Clark School, was in the cockpit for the flight.

"The key to our students' success is the professionalism they have brought to every aspect of this enormously difficult challenge," said Clark School Dean Darryll J. Pines. "Our students are not only highly creative engineers but are also able to build on past successes in a systematic way, learning and improving as they go.  They would compare favorably to professional engineers anywhere."

The flight was accomplished in a revamped Gamera II vehicle. Since the flights earlier this summer, each blade has been extended and the vehicle now measures 114 feet across from blade tip to blade tip. The structure arms have been enlarged to accommodate the larger rotors.

Also, a new, more ergonomic cockpit has been built. Sonar altimeters have been added to the rotors and the cockpit to measure the height of the vehicle when it's in the air. The transmission has also been rebuilt, allowing smoother power delivery.

To win the Sikorsky Prize, the team must also achieve a height of 3 meters during a flight of at least 60 seconds that stays within the prescribed 10 square meter area. The Gamera team will work through the week to meet the competition requirements.

More Information:

Gamera Project Home

Gamera II

The AHS Sikorsky Prize

Related Articles:
NPR Features Gamera Team
Gamera Team Sets New Unofficial World Record for Human-Powered Helicopter Flight
Gamera Team Recognized by Helicopter Society
Gamera Highlighted at College Park Aviation Museum
Clark School's Gamera Certified for World Records
New Gamera Record Certified
Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team's 97-Second Flight Record Certified by NAA
Hovercraft Invade Kim Building Again
"Nebuchadnezzar" Takes Autonomous Hovercraft Honors
Pepco Buys UMd.'s Solar Decathlon-Winning Home for Public Display

August 28, 2012

Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Jonathan Simon is invited speaker at Paris Workshop on Decoding of Sound and Brain

Barg, Tamo named winners of IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Awad

UMD Discovery Could Enable Portable Particle Accelerators

JaJa Connects UMD Experts with NSF South Big Data Hub Resources

Fisher Named Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering

ISR participates in NSF 30th Anniversary ERC Celebration

Papamanthou Receives Yahoo! Labs Award

White Symposium to Examine Collective Animal Behavior and Control of Robotic Networks

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts