NASA announces a tiny helicopter will travel to Mars in 2020

Enlarge Image This illustration shows what the Mars Helicopter might look like as it readies for takeoff.                  NASA

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been working on the helicopter for over four years, but they were on the fence about actually sending it to Mars, but they have now made the decision to make it a part of the 2020 mission.

The remote Mars Helicopter, created to carry flight in the thin Martian setting with twin counter-rotating bladesthat weighs about four pounds (1.8 kilograms), with a fuselage the size of a softball, NASA explained.

Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s. Yet if the Mars Helicopter does certainly fly, it'll have the ability to catch an unusual bird's- eye-view of Mars with its 2 electronic cameras, something that's never ever been done prior to.

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

The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter, created to take flight in the thin Martian atmosphere with twin counter-rotating blades, weighs about four pounds (1.8 kilograms), with a fuselage the size of a softball, NASA said.

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NASA officials said the rotorcraft will reach the Red Planet's surface attached to the car-sized rover. An helicopter on Mars, however, poses a special technical challenge. Yes, when the administration launches its next rover to the red planet; it will have a small helicopter along for the ride. Blades will spin at 3,000 rpm, 10 times the speed of a helicopter on Earth.

"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet".

"NASA has a proud history of firsts", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. The vehicle will reach Mars by February 2021.

"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 adds. 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.

They hope that it will prove the technology for future flight explorations of Mars and provide more data on the atmosphere. The rocket, which will accomplish the mission, is named as United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket. The rover is created to carry out geological reports also to ascertain the habitability of this Martian environment, NASA explained. "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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