Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas, USA
Harmony is a high-TRL compact rotorcraft designed to minimize noise and maximize efficiency, safety, reliability, and flight experience. To date, they have no website. They submitted their Vertical Take-Off and Landing rotorcraft to the GoFly Prize competition.
The GoFly Prize was started in September 2017 and is a worldwide competition to make a personal flying device which must be safe, quiet, ultra-compact, user-friendly and near-VTOL—capable of carrying a single person for a distance of 20 miles without refueling or recharging. The function and design are up to innovator teams. There are $2 million USD (U.S. dollars) in prizes. The main sponsor is Boeing.
Phase I includes ten (10) $20K prizes awarded based on written technical specifications. Phase II includes five (5) $50K prizes awarded to Teams with the best VTOL demonstration and revised Phase I materials. Phase III unveils the Grand Prize Winner, awarded at the Final Fly-Off in the fall of 2019.
Phase I included over 600 Innovators from over thirty (30) countries across six (6) continents who submitted their designs for the GoFly competition. On June 14, 2018, GoFly Prize announced that the Texas A&M University team was selected as a Phase 1 winner of the GoFly competition.
Phase II of the GoFly community is comprised of more than 3,500 innovators from 101 countries across the globe. Of these innovators, thirty-one (31) Phase II Teams across sixteen (16) countries submitted entries for review by a panel of experts across two (2) rounds of rigorous judging. The Phase II teams were required to submit visual and written documentation detailing their personal flyer prototypes. It’s the first time physical prototypes were introduced into the challenge and this crucial step brought everyone closer to the Final Fly-Off. On March 26, 2019 GoFly Prize announced that the Texas A&M University team completed Phase II of the GoFly challenge and will receive $50,000.00 USD in prizes.
- GoFly Prize website
- News Release: GoFly Winners, GoFly, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Boeing’s $2 Million Challenge to Make the Sky Fun Again—With ‘Flying Motorbikes’, Wired, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Boeing Asked for Quiet Jetpacks and Got a Bunch of Air Motorcycles, Bloomberg, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Contest Aims to Lift Personal Flying Machines Off the Page, The New York Times, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Here are the Finalists for Boeing’s $2 million ‘Personal Flying Device’ Contest, The Verge, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Meet the Mad Geniuses Building Personal Flying Machines, Fast Company, Jun. 14, 2018
- Article: Meet the Teams: Get to Know Team Texas A&M University, From Houston, Texas, GoFlyPrize.com, Mar. 12, 2019
- News Release: Meet the 5 Winners Of GoFly Phase II, Mar. 26, 2019
- Video: GoFly Prize: Announcing the Phase II Winners, Mar. 26, 2019