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In pictures: Atlas human-powered helicopter takes off in Toronto

The helicopter is designed to operate under human power and was built to compete in the American Helicopter Society Sikorsky prize.

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The helicopter is designed to operate under human power and was built to compete in the American Helicopter Society Sikorsky prize. The team is doing tests through the week with the goal of reaching three meters and staying airborne for 60 seconds. The helicopter consists of four rotors that are propelled by a bicycle in the centre.

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Dave Donaldson prepares to test the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, in Toronto, Canada, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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Todd Reichert prepares for a test the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, in Toronto, Canada, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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Trefor Evans prepares for a test of the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, in Toronto, Canada, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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Cameron Robertson prepares a rotor for a test of the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, in Toronto, Canada, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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Pilot Trefor Evans tests the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter, in Toronto, Canada, Sunday, June 9, 2013.

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