Via A. James Clark School of Engineering at University of Maryland
The Gamera Project is a student design challenge inspired by the AHS Sikorsky Prize and involving students of the Clark School of Engineering and faculty advisors from the the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center in the Clark School's Department of Aerospace Engineering.
The team is flying Gamera II, the latest project, in the summer of 2012, first in June, then in August. It is a lighter and stronger refinement of Gamera I, designed for greater flight duration. Gamera II was sanctioned to make an official flight duration record attempt by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). On August 9, 2012, NAA announced that on June 21, 2012 Gamera II set a new official U.S. record for flight duration of 49.9 seconds. The association is submitting the flight for world-record review by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
Gamera I flew in the summer of 2011, setting world records for flight duration at 11.4 seconds.