Thursday, May 15, 2014

TV documentary spotlights students who built a handcycle for wounded veterans

By Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Tech Director of News and Media Relations
Posted May 15, 2014, on Michigan Tech News
Reprinted in part with permission

Michigan Tech Senior Design student with one of the team's handcycle prototypes. (Photo courtesy Michigan Tech University. Reprinted with permission.)

HOUGHTON -- It started out as a senior class project.  It ended up as a passion for a team of engineering students and their unlikely partners -- a group of wounded veterans.

Now a documentary has been made about the handcycles designed and built by Michigan Technological University mechanical engineering students for the Achilles Freedom Team athletes -- wounded veterans who race in marathons. 

The documentary, called The Wings of Angels, premieres this month on the American Heroes channel, a Discovery cable channel. Three showings are scheduled:

    9 a.m. Saturday, May 17
    9 a.m. Saturday May 24
    9 a.m. Saturday May 31


The 50-minute documentary follows the lives of two wounded veterans who have become Achilles Freedom Team marathon handcyclists and the teams of Michigan Tech students who designed, built, tested and refined handcycles for them.

In the Michigan Tech viewing area, the documentary will air on Charter Cable channel 203, Dish Network channel 195 and Direct TV channel 287....

Click here for the full story on Michigan Tech News.

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