NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Mission Will Be Accompanied By The Mar's Helicopter

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Mission Will Be Accompanied By The Mar's Helicopter

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Mission Will Be Accompanied By The Mar's Helicopter

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

The remote-controlled Mars Helicopter, created to take flight in the thin Martian atmosphere with twin counter-rotating blades, weighs about 1.8 kilograms, with a fuselage the size of a softball, NASA said.

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. On Mars, however, the atmosphere at the surface is comparable to the Earth's atmosphere at 100,000 feet.

" NASA has a honored background of firsts", NASA Manager Jim Bridenstine stated in a declaration on Friday mid-day, in the center of SpaceX's Block 5 launch.

Flying on the red planet is not easy.

In 2012, NASA had launched, Curiosity, a car-sized rover to explore the Gale crater on Mars.

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"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". After the rover lands, the helicopter will be placed on the ground.

The Mars 2020 vagabond is slated to introduce in addition to an Atlas V rocket, made by the United Release Partnership, from Cape Canaveral, Florida in July 2020.

"Exploring the Red Planet with NASA's Mars Helicopter exemplifies a successful marriage of science and technology innovation and is a unique opportunity to advance Mars exploration for the future", said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA. The tiny helicopter will test the capabilities for controlled flight in the thin atmosphere of Mars and is also expected to pave the way for future uses across the solar system. The six-wheeled rover will hunt for signs of habitable environments as well as sites that may have once hosted microbial life, examining the Red Planet with 23 cameras, a microphone and a drill to collect samples.

The helicopter is to make five short flights over 30 days.

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 first will go up about 10 feet and hover for 30 seconds.

Once the rover is on the planet surface, a suitable location will be found to deploy the helicopter down from the vehicle and place it onto the ground.

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