Tag Archive: Helicopter


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

 

 

 

” After more than 30 years without a winner, the Sikorsky Prize has a champion. Today aeronautical startup Aerovelo confirmed that its human-powered helo, Atlas, has won the competition. (Take a closer look at the aircraft in our photo gallery.)

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. 

The rules of the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge, established in 1980, specify that the craft must fly for 60 seconds, must rise to an altitude of at least 3 meters (about 10 feet), and must remain within a horizontal area no bigger than 10 meters by 10 meters (33 feet by 33 feet). The actual flight, completed at an indoor soccer stadium near Toronto, lasted 64 seconds and reached a maximum altitude of 3.3 meters. 

The prize-winning flight came at the very end of five days of test flights, after which the space would no longer be available. On two earlier flights, Reichert pilot the craft, called Atlas, to heights of 2 meters and 2.5 meters. With just minutes remaining before the team was scheduled to vacate the stadium to make way for an evening soccer practice, Reichert managed to squeeze in one last flight. Within 10 seconds a horn sounded signaling that he had exceeded the 3-meter mark. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live New Helicopter Footage Of The SWAT Truck And Flashbangs On Boat With Bombing Suspect

 

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” Live new helicopter footage of the SWAT truck and flashbangs on boat with bombing suspect.You see the SWAT truck use a robotic arm to cut off the winter tarp over the boat. You then see over 4 flashbangs fly into the boat where he is at, sending shrapnel and stunning the suspect.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Drones: Army Deploys Tiny Helicopters

 

 

 

” British troops are using a nano drone just 10cm long and weighing 16 grams on the front line in Afghanistan to provide vital information on the ground.

They are the first to use the state-of-the-art handheld tiny surveillance helicopters, which relay reliable full motion video and still images back to the devices’ handlers in the battlefield.

The Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Air Vehicle is the size of a child’s toy, measuring just 10cm (4 ins) by 2.5cm (1 inch), and is equipped with a tiny camera.”

Military Training Designed to Simulate Expected Operational Environment — In U.S. CITIES!

 

 

” Here are just two of many similar stories that have been hitting the news in recent years:

So Why Have Military Helicopters Been Flying Over Miami? We Explain, Plus See the Videos

Military Conducts Another Massive ‘Training Drill’ Involving Helicopters, This Time in Texas

[Note: all you conspiracy freaks out there — pay no attention to the fact that a person might easily mistake those helicopters for being black. There are NO black helicopters in the U.S. arsenal (except those in Homeland Security, the Border and Customs Department and that special ops unit in Tennessee/Kentucky — and maybe these)] “