Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

Christopher Davidson
May 13, 2018

Testing whether "heavier than air vehicles" will work on Mars, NASA is looking to add to its long list of groundbreaking achievements.

The Mars Helicopter - a small, autonomous rotorcraft - will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission. The official announcement came forwards from the NASA's desk on May 11, 2018.

"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. The trial is planned as a thirty-day test campaign. But the next mission will carry a vehicle with a new approach for planetary exploration: a helicopter. Jim Bridenstine is an administrator at the National Aeronautical and Space Administration. An helicopter on Mars, however, poses a special technical challenge.

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Helicopter's small weight will give it an added bonus and help the light aircraft navigate the thin Martian atmosphere, notes Aung. It has a body that resembles a softball.

The pioneering helicopter is created to take things to another level and "prove that big things can come in small packages", said NASA. Yet the Mars Helicopter will certainly be flying in an environment that's as slim as elevations of 100,000 feet in the world, inning accordance with NASA. Flights will be programmed because the distance to Mars precludes real-time commands from Earth. The rate of blade whirling is three thousand rpm.

The exploratory mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020. The rocket, which will accomplish the mission, is named as United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket. It's expected to reach the planet on February 2021. The rover is created to carry out geological reports also to ascertain the habitability of this Martian environment, NASA explained. It will also include the search for the places that hosts or ever hosted the microflora. Itwill be accompanied by a high-tech drone that will deliver unprecedented shots of the red planet. One of the rover's tasks will be to collect soil and rock samples for a later mission that will pick them up and return them to Earth. Given that Planet is until now far from Mars, it will certainly take numerous mins to send out the helicopter regulates.

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