Just to let you know, I don’t exactly get inspiration for articles with a fax by God. I will be honest when I say that most of the time, I just talk about whatever the heck seems interesting when I read it. In this case, I saw something that I thought looked interesting, and so I did a search on “Atlas”. I found my last two articles had “Atlas” in the title, so I just sort of assumed it was my destiny to report on this.
Today, we will finish up the Atlas trilogy with this Atlas, a pedal-powered helicopter. That’s right, someone has actually created a pedal-powered aircraft, at least one that can hover for about 60 minutes.
In case you are not aware, human-powered flight is one of the last great challenges of aviation. This team from Canada K, mostly made up from students of the University of Toronto and funded by Kickstarter.
This took a long time to get this project off the ground, and the criteria was staying aloft for one minute in a 10-by-10 meter area. It also had to stay up in the air at least 9.8 feet, and it actually made it.
I hope that we see a lot of pedal-powered air vehicles in the future, and hopefully they can stay in the air for a lot longer than just one minute.