Texas A&M Team One Of 10 Phase I Challenge Winners In Boeing’s GoFly Prize
The GoFly Prize, a two-year, $2 million international competition to create a personal flying device, announced the 10 winners of Phase I of the challenge, including Team Texas A&M University led by Dr. Moble Benedict, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering.
The competition, sponsored by Boeing, launched in September 2017 with almost 3,000 innovators across 95 countries competing in Phase I. GoFly tasked teams with creating a personal flying device that can safely be flown by anyone, anywhere, 20 miles without refueling or recharging with vertical, or near vertical, takeoff and landing capability.
Benedict’s team created “Harmony,” a compact rotorcraft designed to minimize noise and maximize efficiency, safety, reliability and flight experience. As one of the winning teams, they were awarded a $20,000 prize based on their written report.
“We decided to take part in the GoFly challenge because we think this is a great opportunity for us to contribute to the field of aviation by developing a safe, green and more importantly, truly practical personal air vehicle, which is something we have always dreamed of,” said Benedict. “This can provide a means of quick transportation for a single person from point A to B via air while experiencing the thrill of flying. This will be a paradigm shift in the way we look at air transportation today and will have huge benefits to the mankind in the future.”