Back in June, we reported on a group of graduate and undergraduate students of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland who made aeronautics history when their human-powered helicopter, dubbed Gamera, achieved lift-off and hovered above the ground for 4.2 seconds.
Just a few weeks ago, with their sights set firmly on winning the the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize, the team launched a second flight with the goal of staying in the air for 60 seconds. They fell short, only achieving a 12 second flight, but that doesn't make this video any less amazing.
As the pilot of this futuristic craft, biology student Judy Wexler broke the national record for longest human-powered flight while simultaneously setting the world record for the longest human-powered flight by a woman.
In order to win the Sikorsky Prize, a human-powered helicopter must fly at least thirty seconds, hover at least three meters above ground, and not drift outside a ten-meter square.
Image Credit: University of Maryland, Brandon Bush