NASA flying helicopter to Mars using remote control

NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Mars in July of 2020

NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Mars in July of 2020 Courtesy of NASA

The primary goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to investigate a to-be-determined ancient environment on Mars that could have hosted past or present-day bacterial life. NASA introduced today that it will certainly be sending out a tiny independent flying chopper- appropriately called the Mars Helicopter- with the upcoming Mars 2020 wanderer.

"NASA has a proud history of firsts", Bridenstine said in a statement May 11.

In order to design a flying vehicle that would actually work on another planet, NASA scientists faced a number of challenges. "The Mars Helicopter holds much guarantee for our future scientific research, exploration, as well as expedition objectives to Mars". It is being done at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.

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Tipping the scales at a little under four pounds (1.8 kilograms), the Mars Helicopter is quite small - its fuselage is no bigger than a softball, NASA pointed out. Its blades will spin almost 3,000 litres, approximately 10 times the rate employed by helicopters on the planet. These are powered by lithium-ion batteries charged by solar cells that also help to run heaters to protect the electronics from freezing in the subzero Martian nights. "The atmosphere of Mars is only 1 percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet (30,480 meters) up", Aung said.

NASA sees Mars Helicopter as demonstrating the ability of such vehicles to serve as scouts for future rover missions. The rover will then drive a safe distance from the helicopter before flight tests begin. Mission control will then remotely activate the helicopter's autonomous flight systems.

"We don't have a pilot and Earth will be several light minutes away, so there is no way to joystick this mission in real time", said Aung.

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"I am not an advocate for the helicopter, and I don't believe the Mars 2020 project has been an advocate for the helicopter", he said at the meeting.

The Mars 2020 vagabond is slated to introduce in addition to an Atlas V rocket, made by the United Release Partnership, from Cape Canaveral, Florida in July 2020. It will also climb to 10 feet (3 m) and hover for about 30 seconds. It's expected to reach the planet on February 2021. Indeed, future Mars settlements could be constructed within the caverns, protected from the harsh conditions of the Martian surface. These specifications come from the headquarters of the NASA.

NASA officials said the rotorcraft will reach the Red Planet's surface attached to the car-sized rover.

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