Meet Our Winners
Meet the kids and see their winning ideas.
(Note: to preserve the integrity of winners' ideas, their descriptions of their winning entries have not been edited.)
Grand Prize Winner of the 4th Annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge:
Hana B., Age 16
Idea: Skylift Rescue 968
By mimicking the bone structure of birds, my Skylift Rescue 968 will be lighter and more aerodynamic than existing helicopters. The main body of the helicopter is made out of recycled fiber-composite materials, which use 3D vascular networks to self-heal. As a result, this helicopter can automatically repair cracks with the aid of a technician. The building process itself will take less energy because my helicopter will be made out of recycled plastic, and renewable and biodegradable materials. In addition, the ionic thruster engines will release zero emissions and create zero waste. One of the global challenges is saving endangered species because it is vital to the environment and human health.
Grand Prize Winner of the 3rd Annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge:
Vance H., Age 15
The S-2050 helicopter will be a partially autonomous aircraft with a modular build system allowing one main frame to serve many different purposes, decreasing the number of specialized aircraft needed. This system also reduces costs for the consumer by reducing maintenance downtime because of the ability to easily swap out modules allowing the aircraft to continue flying while mechanics repair the broken part. The S-2050 is well suited for humanitarian missions in less developed areas of the world, response to natural disasters and assistance in war zones.
Click here to learn about the finalists of the 3rd Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge.
Grand Prize Winner of the 2nd Annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge:
Ethan, Age 16
Idea: AH-9 Diamondback
The AH-9 Diamondback is a round shaped helicopter that utilizes the "Coanda" effect phenomena. A fan pushes the air down and out at high speed around the body creating a low pressure area around the top of the helicopter, which then creates an extra lift. Two turbofans power the aircraft and two stub wings under the cockpit enhance control and stability at high speed. A four-bladed rotor on top provides the main lift. The blades have symmetrical airfoil cross-sections, allowing for less drag. The aircraft uses carbon nanotubes resulting in a very light design, which reflects high fuel efficiency and improved load-carrying capacity. The design also includes a "med-vac" for evacuating wounded troops which includes space for a medic and two patients.
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Grand Prize Winner of the 1st Annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge.
Tharon, Age 15
Idea: F.L.E.A. (Flying Logistics Electrical Assistance)
This helicopter is uniquely equipped to handle disaster relief and recovery situations. It's design allows it to fly into devastated areas immediately after a disaster. With the support of drone operators, it can fly quickly into disaster areas where basic services have been disabled. The F.L.E.A. then lowers its cargo; two side mounted pods which incorporate power, communications and emergency services, that can provide assistance to local responders and residents. The F.L.E.A. is powered by solar energy and fuel cells, with a back-up generator.
Click here to learn about the finalists of the 1st Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge.