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UMd. team to test human-powered helicopter

COLLEGE PARK — More than 50 University of Maryland students are attempting to test fly a human-powered helicopter and could capture a world record.

The test flight of the helicopter named Gamera is scheduled for Wednesday morning in College Park.

The helicopter was designed with lightweight materials so that it only weighs 210 pounds, including the student pilot. It is powered by a combination of hand and foot pedaling.

If the craft gets off the ground, the team could capture the world record for human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilot on board.

The team also is working to capture the Sikorsky Prize run by the American Helicopter Society. No team has succeeded since the prize was first offered in 1980.