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U of Toronto team wins Sikorsky prize    

Photo courtesy of Martin Turner

The AeroVelo team, consisting of University of Toronto students and Alumni has won the $250,000 Sikorsky prize for a Human Powered Helicopter that can hover at 10 feet (3 meters) for longer than 1 minute while staying in a 50 foot circle. After many setbacks and a few crashes they accomplishished this goal on June 13th, 2013.  To attain this feat, Todd Reichert had to generate 1200 watts to get the helicopter to up to 3 Meters, hover for a minute at 800 watts, then generate 600 watts to lower the 'copter to the ground. It is an amazing feat both technologically and physically. Both the AeroVelo and U of Maryland team have been very close to this goal for the past year and both were very close to winning. The U of T team has been particpating in HPRA races and the Battle Mountain speed event for several years, and is becoming impressively refined. See more here

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