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09-03-2009 03:48 PM  8 years agoPost 1
psych-lick

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That's right. If you can be the first to build a human powered helicopter that can hover 3 meters for 60 seconds - you win!
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/0...red-helicopter/

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09-03-2009 04:13 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Jlerch

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What a PITA that's going to be. Imagine a 200+ lb helicopter with a 1/10 hp motor in it. Good luck..

The only idea I could come up with is some kind of efficient flywheel that is spooled up via human power in advance of the flight, and provides most of the energy during the flight. However, now you have to loft a stinking flywheel in the air with you..

James Lerch - Tampa Bay FL

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09-03-2009 04:27 PM  8 years agoPost 3
VooDooX

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OMG GENIUS!!! IT SAYS HUMAN POWER it doesnt say where that power comes from what about have liek 50 people on the ground riding bikes and a wire that goes up and powers an electric motor that aids the person flying!

Velocity 50 "99.9999999999999% of an atom is empty space." also 01001000 01001001

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09-03-2009 05:37 PM  8 years agoPost 4
outhouse

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if that little bitty asain fella could keep it up 19 seconds then we could put ole Lance A in there and get 30 seconds to a minute out of her. they did a great job with there heli but the 10' sure seems like a issue. it was almost like a large helocraft

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09-03-2009 06:04 PM  8 years agoPost 5
ErichF

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That would be tough...since 3 meters is probably going to be out of ground effect for a bird appropriately sized for human power.

Erich

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09-03-2009 06:27 PM  8 years agoPost 6
Havoc

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Sounds easy. How many humans can we burn for fuel? Do we get immunity from prosecution?

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09-03-2009 06:32 PM  8 years agoPost 7
gian

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^ nice

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09-03-2009 06:32 PM  8 years agoPost 8
jgunpilot

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You just have to think outside the box. And outside the known laws of physics. And spend $1.5 million to get a prototype, to win a $250,000 prize.

Good times...

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09-03-2009 07:50 PM  8 years agoPost 9
Seablade

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lot's of chili and vectored thrust.

"Vini, Vidi, Velcro"

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09-03-2009 07:54 PM  8 years agoPost 10
hanzuki

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All my ideas are probalby too heavy for any human powered vehicle. My first thought was a transmission followed by the flywheel idea. All heavy ideas.

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09-03-2009 07:57 PM  8 years agoPost 11
ErichF

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Another issue is controllability. Full-scale flying requires the use of both feet for tail control. With both feet employed with pedalling a gearbox, you have to combine the cyclic with rudder control (twist grip setup of sort, think Curtis' RC transmitter).

The guy flying this thing will be busier than a one-legged man at an ass kickin contest.

Erich

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09-04-2009 12:18 AM  8 years agoPost 12
"Cam"

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I’d love to do this – I weigh 60Kgs and have been a fanatic cyclist before!
And would want to make some carbon-beast and use model glider construction techniques.

As for tail control and pedaling - I’d just use a monster servo on the tail and leave it in HH with a model gyro! Someone could even control the human-powered heli with a normal Tx while I pedal like mad!

EDIT:

"Yuri 1" isn't controllable?

DSX9
EMax V2
http://runryder.com/helicopter/gallery/37491/

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09-04-2009 12:51 AM  8 years agoPost 13
gian

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tail? coaxial, man!

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09-08-2009 09:00 PM  8 years agoPost 14
gian

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It really seems like this should be do-able... Anyone have any more documentation on previous/current attempts?

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09-08-2009 09:34 PM  8 years agoPost 15
outhouse

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coax now someone is thinking

flywheel idea isnt bad. you could use a larger diameter to compensate for less weight

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