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New competition challenges innovators to create personal flying deviceThe GoFly Prize, which was announced Tuesday, challenges individuals or teams to create a device that can carry a single person for at least 20 miles. A $2 million prize will be awarded in 2019.
A new competition seeks to encourage innovators to create a personal flying device, offering a $2 million prize which will be awarded two years from now.
The ambitious project, called the GoFly Prize, was announced Tuesday at the SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, and is sponsored by the aircraft giant Boeing.
In a press release, the organizers said competitors will need to create a device capable of carrying one person for at least 20 miles without having to refuel or recharge it.
"There is perhaps no dream more universal than the dream of human flight. GoFly is going to make that dream a reality," said Gwen Lighter, the CEO of GoFly Prize. "Today we look to the sky and say ‘look at that plane fly,’ but two years from now we’ll look up and say ‘look at that person fly.’"
Boeing Chief Technology Officer Greg Hyslop said the competition "aligns with our company’s goals of inspiring people across the globe and changing the world through aerospace innovation."
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