NASA Wants To Get A Helicopter To Fly Above Mars

13 May, 2018, 09:43 | Author: Grady King
  • NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Mars in July of 2020

Nasa is sending a helicopter to Mars, in the first test of a heavier-than-air aircraft on another planet, BBC reported.

The pint-sized aircraft weighs just 1.8 kilograms, has a fuselage about the size of a softball, and twin, counter-rotating blades that will zip through the thin Martian atmosphere at almost 3000rpm - about 10 times the rate of similar craft on Earth.But its light-weight construction was a challenge, and took the development team four years to design and test. Its counter-rotating blades will revolve at 3,000 RPM, about ten times the speed of a helicopter flying over Earth, made necessary by the thin, Martian atmosphere.

It is planned that NASA would send another expedition to Mars in July 2020 - red planet the ship will reach in February 2021.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been developing the helicopter since 2013, and eventually shrunk the fuselage to around the size of a softball to help make the drone viable.

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The space agency announced Friday that the solar-powered helicopter, which weighs about four pounds, would deploy from a car-sized rover to fly through the thin Martian atmosphere, according to Reuters. An helicopter on Mars, however, poses a special technical challenge.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to send a helicopter to Mars in a landmark test flight of the first "heavier than air" aircraft on another planet.

Jim Bridenstine in a statement conveyed, "The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling".

The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter is created to take flight in the thin Martian atmosphere with twin counter-rotating blades. Because the heart of the mission, a new Mars rover, should work independently of the helicopter.

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"It's fitting that the USA is the first nation in history to fly the first heavier-than-air craft on another world", said Representative John Culberson (Texas).

"To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinise everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be".

The aim is that the craft will carry out five flights, and would travel further each time, up to a few hundred meters for 90 seconds.

Since the human operators on Earth will be several light minutes away from the helicopter, the vehicle will conduct its own missions based on the instructions from the scientists. The rover is created to carry out geological reports also to ascertain the habitability of this Martian environment, NASA explained.

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