Who will win the $250,000 Sikorsky human-powered helicopter competition: Gamera II (above), Upturn II, or Atlas? The prize has gone unclaimed since it was first offered in 1980. On June 13, AeroVelo tweeted that the Atlas had successfully met the competition's conditions for a valid flight. The team has alerted the American Helicopter Society, but there's been no official announcement yet.
Since 1980, hundreds of young engineers have entered the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. Nobody has won the grand prize of $250,000 for demonstrating "a one minute hovering time, a momentary achievement of 3 meters altitude, and controlling the vehicle within a constrained box -- all in the same flight." But damn, they're sure trying. "Straight Up Difficult" (NPR)
Good morning. Here is a high-quality photograph of the taxidermy catcopter Xeni posted video of yesterday. [Cris Toala Olivares / Reuters]