Since Leonardo da Vinci first dreamt up his insane human powered helicopter design, the human race has been obsessed with cracking this illusive nut. Well the time has come and a group of… well most likely nerds… but the awesome kind of nerds, have created a craft that could accomplish the almost mythical feat.
For the University of Toronto students it was not only the desire to see the work of the great di Vinci completed, but the $250,000 Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition prize, that has been unclaimed for the years, that spurred them on to this achievement. The competition required the applicant’s creation to hover at a height of at least 10 feet for more than a minute.
The craft, dubbed atlas… fitting I think, hovered the required 10 feet for 64 seconds thus claiming this seemingly unobtainable prize. Atlas itself is something to behold, weighing just 121 pounds… too lazy to convert to metric… and spanning 162 feet… still too lazy… which is, well, impressive.
The team therefore gets a big thumbs up from me and of course the now coveted… I’d like to think so at least… Guts tag!
BUT, that’s not all. It behoves me to mention the almost comical news anchor. This is CNN, one of, if not the, most respected news networks worldwide, and this anchor just seems to rattle off at the end of the segment. Not only was I completely uninterested in her escapades of jumping out a tree, but it very almost ruined the enormity of this amazing accomplishment. Okay, okay I’ll stop!
Well done University of Toronto!