Gamera: A Human Powered Helicopter


Abstract

  • Since August of 2008, the University of Maryland's Team Gamera has been engaged in an ongoing effort to advance innovations in human-powered helicopter flight. A talented team of more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering invested thousands of hours into the project, reaching new landmark achievements, including the current world records for flight durations for a human-powered helicopter. Gamera is a quad-rotor configuration with each rotor diameter of 47-ft, connected through an ultra-light truss, with maximum dimension of 125-ft, and weight of 82-lbs. In May 2011, Team Gamera gained attention for their first record-setting 4.2 seconds flight of the Gamera I, and recently in September 2013, Gamera II-XR achieved a world record flight of 97 seconds