How fast does it fly?
Why did you choose
females to pilot the aircraft?
The reason for having female pilots is that the
various existing records for Human Powered Flight set by
male pilots are considered to be beyond the scope of the
project at this stage. The present female world record
distance is 6.83 km set by Lois McCallin of the early Daedalus
team in Jan 97, using the Michelob Light Eagle, a
fore-runner of the Daedalus design. At present there is
no official Australian record for any distance for either
male or female.
When did the project first start?
1984 after students built a car and competed in the Shell
Mileage Marathon in Sydney.
What is the average prop RPM?
The propeller is designed to turn at 120 rpm
with a calculated efficiency of 98% whilst the pilot
pedals at about 80 rpm cadence.
What course subjects are covered with it
Students who participate range from Preparatory
Engineering course students to those enrolled in the 2
Associate Diplomas in Mechanical and Civil Engineering.
The age range is from 15 to 45 and there are usually
around 15 students in total. Participation is voluntary
but mainly all eligible full-time students choose to be
How heavy does it weigh?
Initially 39kg at 23 metres wing span, now 37 kg
at 28 metres.