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Achievements

  • 2013 Best Paper in Advanced Vertical Flight, "Control and Stability Characteristics of Gamera II: A Human Powered Helicopter" - 69th American Helicopter Society Forum, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • 2012 Best Paper in Aircraft Design, "Design Optimization of Gamera II: A Human Powered Helicopter" - 68th American Helicopter Society Forum, Fort Worth, Tex.
  • 2012 Igor I. Sikorsky International Trophy, American Helicopter Society
  • 2012 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Certified World Record for Flight Duration
  • 2012 National Aeronautics Association U.S. National Record Certificate for Flight Duration
  • 2012 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record Certificate for Flight Duration
  • 2012 National Aeronautics Association U.S. National Record Certificate for Flight Duration
  • 2011 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Certified World Record for Flight Duration by Female Pilot
  • 2011 National Aeronautics Association Collier Trophy Nominee
  • 2011 American Helicopter Museum Education Center Achievement Award
  • 2011 National Aeronautics Association World Record Certificate for Flight Duration
  • 2011 National Aeronautics Association World Record Certificate for Flight Duration by Female Pilot
  • 2011 Dedication of Gamera I Vehicle Elements to College Park Aviation Museum

Team Statement

Gamera Team Breaks New Ground in Duration and Altitude

For Gamera updates, visit the Team's Twitter feed

Gammera
Above: Gamera II Team Soars to New Heights with Flights Over Nine Feet!
The team also surpassed the Sikorsky Prize requirement of a 60-second flight and has achieved
a Certified World Record of 65.1 seconds!


Above: Video summary of all of the team's progress up until now,
and a layout of what they are currently working on.

FAI world record certification website

Learn More

Gamera Project Home

Gamera II (2012)

Meet the Gamera II Team

Gamera II Team Roster

Gamera II Photo Gallery

Gamera II Videos

Gamera II Main Information Sheet (pdf)

Gamera II Focus Sheets:
  •  Rotor Blades
  •  Human Power
  •  Airframe Structure

Gamera I (2011)

Gamera Project Publications

The AHS Sikorsky Prize

Gamera at the College Park Aviation Museum

The Gamera Project is a student design challenge inspired by the AHS Sikorsky Prize and involving students of the Clark School of Engineering and faculty advisors from the the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in the Clark School's Department of Aerospace Engineering.

The team flew Gamera II, the latest project, in June, August and November of 2012. It is a lighter and stronger refinement of Gamera I, designed for greater flight duration. Gamera II was sanctioned to make an official flight duration record attempt by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). On August 9, 2012, NAA announced that on June 21, 2012, Gamera II set a new official U.S. record for flight duration of 49.9 seconds. The association is submitting the flight for world-record review by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

Gamera I flew in the summer of 2011, setting world records for flight duration at 11.4 seconds.

More videos:

8-foot-high flight, 9.4-foot flight and ABC News video

Special Thanks

The team wishes to thank Dean Darryll Pines for sponsoring the Gamera Project, Inderjit Chopra and V.T. Nagaraj for serving as advisors, other human-powered helicopter projects around the world for providing inspiration and competition, and the thousands of well-wishers who continue to cheer us on.

 

   
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