Atlas at the peak of its historic flight on June 13th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Martin Turner – Visiblize.com)

Atlas at the peak of its historic flight on June 13th, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Martin Turner – Visiblize.com)

University of Toronto engineering students and alumni have won a $250,000 Sikorsky prize for the world’s first human-powered helicopter.

Says the AeroVelo website:

We’re very excited for the world to learn about this exciting milestone in aviation history. At AeroVelo we hope to inspire people to take on great challenges and accomplish the impossible. We would like the public to understand that with innovative engineering and creative design we can find sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions to many of the technological challenges facing our generation.

The epic flight had to meet three criteria: be airborne for more than 60 seconds, exceed 3m in height, and remain within a 10m x 10m box.

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