The various aspects of helicopter design and human-powered aircraft design were studied to present a program to build a human-powered helicopter (HPH) at the Naval Postgraduate School. The HPH will be designed to meet the requirements for the AHS-Sikorsky Award.
The helicopter design is refined, and the feasibility of construction is assessed. In addition to pursuing a significant historical achievement, the program seeks to enchance the helicopter and composite programs of the Aeronautical Engineering curriculum at the NPS.
The benefits to NPS in terms of research topics and a research aircraft are presented. Potential future uses for ultra-low-powered aircraft technology are also outlined.
Author: Scott Alan Bruce