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First human-powered ornithopter takes wing (literally), 2010

3 years agoOdd : Boing Boing

In 2010, the Snowbird, a human-powered ornithopter created by a University of Toronto team, became the first HPO to sustain flight. The HPO project at U of T has a great YouTube feed of its various flights since, though it seems largely dormant today. HPO Team News | Human Powered Ornithopter Project (via Lifelines)
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Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

Lifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat (13 hours ago)

The first attempt at an around the world flight powered completely by solar cells will be setting off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, according to the team behind Solar Impulse. With a 63 meter wing span, the Solar Impulse 2 plane too... Read Post

Engineers create human-powered flapping aircraft

Odd : news:lite (4 years ago)

Boffins in Canada have created the first aircraft which flies by flapping its wings like a bird and is powered by a pilot pedalling.The 'Snowbird' HPO (Human-powered Ornithopter) has become the first man-powered aircraft with flappi... Read Post

Human-powered 'flapping-wing' plane first ever to take flight (video)

Technology : Emerging Tech (4 years ago)

Over half a millennium ago, Leonardo da Vinci sketched the first human-powered ornithopter. For centuries since, engineers have attempted to build a human-powered aircraft with flapping wings. Now, a University of Toronto PhD candid... Read Post


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