Icarus Cup races human-powered aircraft
I missed this one from the summer, but New Scientist‘s Sandrine Ceurstemont has highlighted the interesting Icarus Cup, featuring races between human-powered aircraft. Apparently the hope is to turn the activity into a new extreme sport. Gadget Masters take to the air!
Sandrine Ceurstemont writes:
Five teams took part in the inaugural event in mid-July at Lasham Airfield in the outskirts of London. In this video, you can watch the winning plane, called Airglow, as it covers a kilometre in just over 2 minutes.
The veteran aircraft, built in 1990, was in storage for over 20 years before it was restored for the competition.
For more about the Icarus Cup, check our full-length feature, “Up, up and away: Chimeric bicycles take to the skies”.
If you enjoyed this post, watch a human-powered helicopter break a world record.
The Icarus website describes the compo:
Taking place over a period of 9 days, competing teams will try and complete the following series of challenges designed to test all aspects of Human Powered Flight.
* A 200m sprint race
* A 1Km race
* A Slalom Course
* A take off and landing accuracy task
* Distance around a triangular course