NASA wants to launch to Mars helicopter

Enlarge ImageA Mars Helicopter prototype undergoes some testing on Earth.                  Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser  CNET

Enlarge ImageA Mars Helicopter prototype undergoes some testing on Earth. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser CNET

NASA introduced today that it will certainly be sending out a tiny independent flying chopper- appropriately called the Mars Helicopter- with the upcoming Mars 2020 wanderer.

The strategy is for the Mars Helicopter to fly affixed to the bottom of the Mars 2020 vagabond.

NASA said the blades of the small helicopter, which has a softball-sized fuselage, would maintain an RPM of almost 3,000, about 10 times that of helicopters on Earth.

In a statement, NASA said, "The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet (12,200 meters)".

Soviet scientists dropped two balloons into the atmosphere of Venus in the 1980s.

The Mars helicopter will not be manned, but it will operate autonomously, in a way similar to a flying drone here on Earth. As a technology demonstration, the Mars Helicopter is considered a high-risk and a high-reward project. On reaching the Mars surface the rover will drive to a safer place. Given that Planet is until now far from Mars, it will certainly take numerous mins to send out the helicopter regulates.

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. Blades will spin at 3,000 rpm, 10 times the speed of a helicopter on Earth.

"NASA has a proud history of firsts", NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said in a statement.

"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 added.

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge, Mars. But the next mission will carry a vehicle with a new approach for planetary exploration: a helicopter. Then it will take its very first autonomous flight in Mars and make history. Mars is about 20 light minutes away from Earth.

"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", Aung explains.

Mars 2020 will be launched on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.

The rover is created to carry out geological studies and ascertain the habitability of the Martian environment, NASA said.

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