Tiny Mars helicopter could make first aircraft launch from another planet

Tiny Mars helicopter could make first aircraft launch from another planet

NASA in 2020 will send to Mars a small helicopter that will be based on the Mars Rover of the next generation.

However, its small dimensions will come in handy during its trip to the Red Planet, since the "marscopter" is set to get there attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover.

The drone weighs 1.8 kilograms (just under four pounds) and the dual, counter-rotating blades will spin at around 3,000 rpm, roughly 10 times the rate of a regular helicopter.

"The elevation record for a helicopter flying on the planet is about 40,000 feet (12,200 meters)".

Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s.

After landing several miniature dune buggies on Mars to cruise around the surface of the planet, NASA has decided it wants a birds-eye view next time.

NASA will send a helicopter to Mars to see whether it is possible to fly a craft that is heavier than air.

The development of the Mar's helicopter began in the year 2013.

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BBC notes that existing vehicles on Mars have been wheeled ones bound on the planet's surface, which is prone to running into obstacles.

So, what exactly is the Mars Helicopter? The mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 to study the implications of using "heavier-than-air vehicles" on the Red Planet.

" 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.

"To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be", Aung added. Mars is about 20 light minutes away from Earth.

Each of the planned flights on Mars will last as long as 90 seconds, Nasa said in an announcement issued at the same time Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, was launching a communications satellite for Bangladesh.

"Instead, we have an autonomous capability that will be able to receive and interpret commands from the ground, and then fly the mission on its own", Aung explains. It's expected to reach the planet on February 2021. "The Mars Helicopter holds much guarantee for our future scientific research, exploration, as well as expedition objectives to Mars".

The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.

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