NASA plans to send a helicopter to Mars

May 14, 2018 by  
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A small, autonomous helicopter could soon soar above the rusty rocks of Mars . Dubbed the Mars Helicopter, the rotorcraft is hitching a ride to the Red Planet as part of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission. The BBC said this could be the first test of “heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet.” “After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world,” NASA’s Science Mission Directorate associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said . The technology demonstration has been many years in the making; it started in 2013 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The Mars Helicopter weighs just under four pounds, with a fuselage about as big as a softball. It has twin, counter-rotating blades that will slice the air at nearly 3,000 revolutions per minute (rpm), which, according to NASA , is “about 10 times the rate of a helicopter on Earth.” Related: NASA unveils plan to make oxygen on Mars Solar cells will help the Mars Helicopter charge its lithium-ion batteries , and it’s equipped with a heating mechanism to survive frigid Martian nights. NASA is planning as many as five flights over a 30-day test campaign. The first flight could see the Mars Helicopter fly up to 10 feet and hover there for around 30 seconds. As it flies farther and longer in following tests, it could travel “up to a few hundred meters” and soar for around 90 seconds. JPL Mars Helicopter project manager Mimi Aung said in NASA’s statement, “The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it’s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up. To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and powerful as it can possibly be.” NASA describes the Mars Helicopter as a high-risk, high-reward project. The agency said in their statement if the technology demonstration doesn’t work, the Mars 2020 mission won’t be impacted — but if it does, “helicopters may have a real future as low-flying scouts and aerial vehicles to access locations not reachable by ground level.” + NASA Via the BBC Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech

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AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

July 11, 2013 by  
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Canadian startup Aerovelo just won the elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize with their incredible human-powered helicopter called Atlas! The Sikorsky rules—which were developed when the competition was launched in 1980—are daunting: they require teams to keep their helicopter suspended at least ten feet in the air for a minimum of 60 seconds, and, while there, they must remain within a 30×30 foot boundary. After several failed attempts, AeroVelo’s Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson finally hit the mark within ten seconds of the competition’s end. Watch the video after the jump! Read the rest of AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AeroVelo , atlas , clean tech , collegiate design competition , design competitions , eco design , green transportation , human powered helicopter , human-powered helicopter competition , Sikorsky Prize , sustainable design , toronto        

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Honduran Man in Wheelchair Devotes Life to Building Incredible Helicopter From Scrap

September 12, 2012 by  
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Augustin, a Honduran man who has been confined to a wheelchair by Polio since childhood , has dedicated his life to constructing his own helicopter made entirely from junk. He started the helicopter project in 1958 , designing and constructing all the elements from junk found at the city’s scrap yards – except for a single piece of rebar he purchased at a hardware store. The project has been a labor of love and has won him the admiration of friends and family. He even handmade the chains used to power the propeller! Read the rest of Honduran Man in Wheelchair Devotes Life to Building Incredible Helicopter From Scrap Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: augustin , Everything is Incredible , helicopter , junk helicopter , polio , Recycled Materials

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University of Maryland Team Sets New Human-Powered Helicopter Flight Time Record!

June 25, 2012 by  
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A team of 40 researchers and students at the University of Maryland’s Department of Aerospace Engineering set a new world record for a flight time set by a human-powered helicopter. Actually, they destroyed it — an earlier Maryland team, Gamera I, had set the record of 11.4 seconds, but this Gamera II crew designed a newer and lighter helicopter that scored amazing results. Last week the Gamera II was aloft for 50 seconds. The record, for now, is unofficial until the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) verifies it in the coming weeks. Read the rest of University of Maryland Team Sets New Human-Powered Helicopter Flight Time Record! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aerospace engineering , American Helicopter Society , Gamera , Gamera II , human powered helicopter , national aeronautic association , Sikorsky Prize , University of Maryland

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Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid

October 26, 2011 by  
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Human-powered helicopters have made headlines again and again over the last 12 months, and a team from the University of Maryland even broke the record for longest human-powered flight. However, a 19 year old student from UC Berkeley is now aiming to claim the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize by building a human-powered helicopter that can hover for one minute and reach a height of 10 feet. Read the rest of Teenager Tests Human-Powered Helicopter for Aviation Record Bid Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: human powered helicopter , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn , Kyle Zampaglione Neal Saiki upturn ntsworks , saiki ntsworks , saiki upturn prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize , Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize ntsworks , upturn ntsworks , upturn sikorsky prize

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Empty Storefront in London Turned into World’s First Farm in a Shop!

October 26, 2011 by  
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A group of designers in London, led by the team from Something & Son , have successfully built the world’s first storefront  farm inside of a shop in Hackney. They’ve got vegetables growing all the way up to the rafters, a garden in the backyard, fish in the front room, chickens on the roof, and there is a cafe on the bottom floor that serves up delicious dishes made from the farm’s home-grown goods. The FARM:shop , which officially opens this week, is an urban experiment that seeks to show just how much food can be grown in a confined space. Read the rest of Empty Storefront in London Turned into World’s First Farm in a Shop! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: england urban farming , farm shop , Green London , green storefront , london farm shop , london urban farming , uk urban farming , Urban Farming , urban farming projects

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Maryland’s students set world record to pilot human powered helicopter

August 10, 2011 by  
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Anchal Bhatia: Human powered helicopter Designed by University of Maryland Even though the goal to win the Sikorsky Prize by the American Helicopter Society worth $250,000 was not achieved, the students at the University of Maryland succeeded in setting a new milestone. Gamera, named after a giant flying turtle is a human powered helicopter designed by the engineering students, which hovered for more than 12 seconds inside the university’s campus. Human powered helicopter Designed by University of Maryland A new world record is believed to have been set by a biology student Judy Wexler for a longest human powered helicopter flight by a woman. Moreover, she also past flew the national record for the longest human powered flight, which previously was for only four seconds. To get this hovering action going and to setup this new record, Maryland faculty members and students have been working on the design for more than two years. At present, the helicopter weighs only 140lbs excluding the pilot as it was designed using lightweight materials such as balsa wood, foam and carbon fiber. Gamera is currently being modified and prepared for another take off expected in the next six months. Next take off will aim to fly at-least for 30 seconds, minimum three meters above the ground to enable the engineering students to win the Sikorsky Award. Via: Physorg

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Classic Wooden Airplane and Helicopter Toys are Solar-Powered

July 25, 2011 by  
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Image via YouTube screengrab Wooden toys are simply classic, and when made from FSC wood they’re a very green and safe option for kids. But today’s kids’ toys often have a gadgety gimmick. These wooden helicopter and airplane toys by BERTYandMASHA on Etsy keep all the classic and add some cool with subtle solar power. Watch them whirring in the video after the jump…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Laser-Powered Helicopter Breaks World Record

November 3, 2010 by  
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A remote-controlled quadrocopter recently set a new world record by staying aloft for 12 hours using energy beamed up to it by lasers. Developed by LaserMotive , the quadrocopter has photovoltaic panels installed all along its belly, which absorb laser light to power the vehicle. The quadrocopter hovered at 30 feet for 12 hours, breaking LaserMotive’s previous record.

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Indonesian Bamboo Restaurant Is a Striking Open-Air Design

November 3, 2010 by  
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This extraordinary Japanese noodle restaurant located in Jakarta , Indonesia needed to be disassembled easily, so design firm DSA+s made the bold decision to build it entirely out of bamboo . The result is a richly textured, light-filled environment that is impermanent yet robust.

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