The fully assembled aiframe is shown without the rotors. University of Maryland

It hasn’t nabbed the Sikorsky Prize yet, but it looks like a new world record: the Gamera II team at the University of Maryland flew, with power provided only by the arms and legs of Ph.D. candidate Kyle Gluesenkamp, for 50 seconds. The team is mostly just breaking its own records at this point, having lasted 35 seconds last week. The Sikorsky Prize, more than 30 years old and yet un-awarded, requires that a human-powered helicopter reach a height of three meters while hovering for a full minute–neither requirement met here. Still, they’re getting closer! Video after the jump.

[via SlashDot]