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The Boeing-sponsored GoFly contest has announced the first phase winners of a $2million (£1.4million) competition to find a personal flying machine that could be mass produced to fulfill ordinary people's dreams of taking to the skies.
The GoFly Prize is a two-year international incentive competition to create a personal flying device (a jetpack) that can be safely used by anyone, anywhere.
Boeing - Competition - Dream - Flight - Reality
The Boeing competition aims to 'make the dream of personal flight [a] reality' and contestants have two years to perfect their ultra-compact, quiet, urban-compatible, personal flying devices.
From floating pods to hexocopters, teams from across the world hope to create the future of travel.
'This - Milestone - Date - Trajectory - GoFly
'This is the most significant milestone to date in the trajectory of the GoFly Prize, and a major moment for the future of transportation,' said GoFly CEO Gwen Lighter.
'We have had innovators from every region of the globe submit designs that will bring personal flying devices to the public,' Lighter continued.
Competition - World - Inventors - Builders - Device
'In launching the competition, we wanted to inspire the world's greatest inventors and builders to create a device that will make people fly.
These innovators are reshaping human mobility and will change the world,' she finished.
Winners - Phase - Specifications - Competition
Ten winners won $20,000 each during phase one based on written technical specifications submitted to the competition.
Designs must take off and land vertically - or nearly vertically - and be able to carry someone 20 miles (32km) without needing to land and recharge.
Teams - Latvia - Netherlands - Japan - United
The 10 winning teams were from Latvia, the Netherlands, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.
From the US, five teams took home the top prize.
Designs - Blue - Sparrow - Penn - State
Their designs included Blue Sparrow from Penn State University Aerospace Engineering. The team described it as 'scalable, robust, safe, and fun to fly.'
Mamba, a hexcopter emphasizing safety, certifiability, and performance incorporating shrouded rotors and a tilting empennage.
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