Originally Posted by dorkpunch
I think the highest my middle school students hit was .4 horsepower, as measured by my bike-dyno. And that was giving it everything they had, measuring just the peak. No way could they hold that for any amount of time.
Very cool copter. Wonder if the lack of control is due to the added weight?
I do think they broke down the task, and decided to address the biggest question w/o any complications. The legacy of the prize is testament that it's a big enough ambition to just prove 1 aspect of the entire question; can a human levitate 10' off the ground by his/her own power if that were his/her sole ambition? If we can't prove that, the other details are irrelevant.