If you arenâ€™t familiar with the Sikorsky Prize, it was a challenge for human powered flight set 33 years ago. When the prize was originally announced it was just $10,000 and was raised to $250,000 in 2009. To win the prize, a human-powered helicopter has to fly for over 60 seconds at an altitude of over 9.8 feet (3 meters) while staying in a 33 x 33ft (10 x 10m) box. The smart folks at AeroVelo just took home the prize with their Atlas helicopter.
The AeroVelo Atlas Helicopter flew to 10.8 feet for 64.11 seconds. Quite an improvement from AeroVeloâ€™s previous flight which flew for just 4 seconds and suffered two crashes. Congratulations AeroVelo! Video of this human powered helicopter winning the Sikorsky prize after the break.