Atlas Pedal-Powered Helicopter By Aerovelo

AeroVelo, a Canadian company has created a human powered helicopter. Which won one of the longest-standing challenges in history of aviation. It won the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Challenge and its $250,000 prize. During the record-­breaking 64 second flight, Atlas reached a height of 3.3 metres. Finally bested earlier in June by the Atlas.


The inventors of gigantic human-powered helicopter, Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, aeronautical engineers from the University of Toronto, who cofounded a company AeroVelo.

Atlas Human Powered Helicopter / Pedal-Powered helicopter

The Atlas is controlled by having a single pilot pedal a bicycle-like wheel to turn the aircraft’s four enormous, independent rotors (one at each corner). The entire span of the craft is 190 feet. On June 13th, with Reichert pedaling away in the pilot’s seat in an indoor soccer stadium in Vaughn, Ontario, the aircraft reached a height of nearly 11 feet, stayed aloft for 64.11 seconds, and drifted only 32 feet. But it took a month for the results to be confirmed. “We’re very excited for the world to learn about this exciting milestone in aviation history,” Robertson wrote on company’s blog.

Watch Atlas on action:

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