The Gamera 2 has just entered the record books by setting a new unofficial human-powered helicopter flight record, thanks to Kyle Gluesenkamp from the A. James Clark School of Engineering’s Gamera 2 team sometime at the end of June. This particular record was recently ratified by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), and it has also been forwarded over to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in order to gain approval for it to be an official new world record. The new official national record stands at 49.9 seconds, so kudos to the entire crew over at the University of Maryland who were involved in this particular project.
The Gamera 2 team will take to the skies yet again later this month in an attempt to break the 60-second barrier mark yet again in an attempt to pick up the elusive Sikorsky Prize which stands to land the winner a whopping$250,000 that has been generously offered by the American Helicopter Society. Of course, there are certain terms and conditions where the craft must comply with, including reaching an altitude of three meters (9.84 feet) at some point during the flight. We look forward to many more record breaking attempts by the Gamera 2 crew in the future.