Human-Powered helicopter to take flight

The human-powered Gamera

The human-powered Gamera

Update May 12: It flew, briefly.

Update May 11: The attempt will continue on the 12th.

On May 11, a helicopter powered by a female pilot will attempt to slip the surly bonds of earth. Two years of development at the University of Maryland’s school of engineering has resulted in the creation of the Gamera, one-third the size of a football field and weighing 140 pounds. It has eight rotor blades, each blade system 42 feet in diameter.

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