NASA sends a helicopter to Mars

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 agency is bundling an autonomous helicopter with the Mars 2020 rover to test airborne vehicles on the red planet, Engadget says. It will carry solar cells to charge up in the light of the sun and a heating mechanism to endure cold nights on the Red Planet.

The vehicle will weigh at just four pounds and will have a fuselage the size of a softball.

"After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world", NASA science mission directorate associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said.

Designers at JPL have actually been functioning to obtain the weight and also form of the helicopter ideal, to make sure that it could fly via the slim Mars air. The helicopter will certainly try to fly with the Martian air to see if cars could also rise on Mars, where the ambience is 100 times thinner compared to that of Planet.

Through this machine, the scientists hope to get some unparalleled bird's eye views of Mars. The planet's very thin atmosphere is not ideal for the flying of helicopters.

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NASA says its twin, counter-rotating blades "will bite into the thin Martian atmosphere at nearly 3,000 rpm - about 10 times the rate of a helicopter on Earth". It will be the first helicopter on another planet. On reaching the Mars surface the rover will drive to a safer place.

The helicopter will ride to Mars attached to the rover's belly pan, officials said.

"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". "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".

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. The mission is predicted to reach Mars in February 2021.

The exploratory mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020. "The Mars Helicopter holds much guarantee for our future scientific research, exploration, as well as expedition objectives to Mars". The rover is created to carry out geological reports also to ascertain the habitability of this Martian environment, NASA explained.

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