NASA helicopter to fly on Mars during next mission


"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet (12,200 meters)".

The aircraft is expected to reach the Red Planet in February 2021, more than half a year after its July 2020 launch.

The layout for the Mars Helicopter has actually remained in the benefit the last 4 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, yet the room company had yet to determine if it was really mosting likely to send out the lorry to Mars. However, since Mars's atmosphere is just 1 percent of Earth's, a helicopter that's just sitting on the surface of the Red Planet is already at the equivalent of 100,000 feet on Earth.

" NASA has a honored background of firsts", NASA Manager Jim Bridenstine stated in a declaration on Friday mid-day, in the center of SpaceX's Block 5 launch. Because Mars is far away from Earth, with radio signals taking at least 20 minutes to cross interplanetary space, the Mars Helicopter will fly autonomously and not via a human operated joy stick as drones on Earth are controlled. As a technology demonstration, the Mars Helicopter is considered a high-risk and a high-reward project. Controllers on the planet will control the helicopter to shoot its initial autonomous airport after its batteries have been charged and evaluations are all ran, NASA explained. The mission of the helicopter is to demonstrate the viability and usefulness of such aircraft on Mars.

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The strategy is for the Mars Helicopter to fly affixed to the bottom of the Mars 2020 vagabond. The mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 to study the implications of using "heavier-than-air vehicles" on the Red Planet.

"To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinise everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be".

"We're very excited about this and the potential it has for opening up a whole new paradigm for how to explore Mars", said David Lavery, the program executive for solar system exploration at NASA headquarters. After the rover lands, the helicopter will be placed on the ground. It will also climb to 10 feet (3 m) and hover for about 30 seconds.

Once the rover is on the planet surface, a suitable location will be found to deploy the helicopter down from the vehicle and place it onto the ground.