NASA sending helicopter to Mars with 2020 rover

NASA sending helicopter to Mars with 2020 rover

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. It is specifically created to fly in the atmosphere of Mars, which is 100 times thinner than Earth's.

The Mars Helicopter's development began in 2013 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California. Now it appears that the company has actually made a decision that this helicopter concept might in fact function.

NASA says this is to demonstrate "the viability and potential" of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

The goal of the Mars Helicopter will be to fly around the Red Planet and to take photographs from a bird's-eye view. Which might imply it's feasible to send out future flying automobiles to Mars to check places that are hard to accessibility.

NASA will send a helicopter to Mars to see whether it is possible to fly a craft that is heavier than air. The highest possible any type of helicopter has actually flown in the world is 40,000 feet high. After that the helicopter will be on its own; flying independently.

The helicopter was particularly conceived for use on Mars featuring solar cells to charge its batteries, a heating mechanism for cold Martian nights and counter-rotating blades that function at 3,000 rpm, 10 times faster than helicopters on Earth.

The helicopter will be shuttled to Mars on board a rocket arriving in 2020, but once there it is created to be able to take off autonomously on a series of short flights.

Once the rover is on the planet's surface, a suitable location will be found to deploy the helicopter down from the vehicle and place it onto the ground. At some point, the helicopter will certainly aim to remove, as well as it'll need to do the trip totally by itself, also.

The aptly named Mars Helicopter is all primed to make history.

The helicopter will attempt up to five flights, going farther and operating for longer each time - up to a few hundred meters and 90 seconds, officials said.

The 1.8 kilogram (3.9 pound) chopper is "a high-risk, high-reward project", the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said in a statement on Friday. "The suggestion of a helicopter flying the skies of one more earth is thrilling. The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery, and exploration missions to Mars". The rocket, which will accomplish the mission, is named as United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

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

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