The Arlington Composite Squadron had an excellent guest briefer at our last meeting. Mr. William Staruk of the University of Maryland gave the squadron an overview of the Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter project. He covered the engineering challenges that the Gamera team has been facing, and showed us several videos of some of the team’s successes and failures. It was a great lesson in engineering, aerodynamics, structures, and most importantly, teamwork. More information on the Gamera project (including some of those videos) is available at http://www.agrc.umd.edu/gamera/.
We are grateful to Mr. Staruk for his visit and we wish the Gamera team great success for the future!