Flight Video of 17 Second Controlled Flight


We've just uploaded video of our best flight so far. Check it out at:

http://youtu.be/pJYISQ-EAIw

On September 3rd, Atlas demonstrated the first controlled, non-tethered, flight of a human-powered helicopter. The flight lasted a total of 17 seconds, during which the drift of the helicopter was controlled by the pilot through the actuation of control surfaces on the tips of the rotors. The flight represents a significant step in satisfying the requirements of the American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize. With a little further refinement, we'll be back out for a second round of testing.

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