July 11, 2013 AT 3:38 pm

Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize – Popular Mechanics.

A quixotic Kickstarter-funded project has won the Sikorsky Prize, one of the most elusive goals in aviation, by keeping a human powered helicopter aloft for more than a minute. Aerovelo, an aeronautical engineering startup founded by Canadians Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson, announced this morning that the Federation d’Aviation Intenationale (FAI)—the governing body of international aeronautical prizes—has certified a flight that Reichert piloted on June 13 as having met the qualifications for the $250,000 prize.

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