NASA aims to fly a helicopter on Mars

NASA's Mars Helicopter

Controllers on the planet will control the helicopter to shoot its initial autonomous airport after its batteries have been charged and evaluations are all ran, NASA explained.

With Mars In Sight [VIDEO] having departed for the Red Planet for a late November landing, NASA is preparing for the Mars 2020 rover, an enhanced version of the Mars Curiosity that is now rolling about the Martian surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO] announced on Twitter that the Mars 2020 would have another enhancement. Scientists want to test the way "heavier air" vehicles will operate on the red planet, a NASA spokesman said.

"NASA has a proud history of firsts", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. With this in mind, NASA is looking at ways to literally fly over those obstacles using miniature helicopters.

They hope that it will prove the technology for future flight explorations of Mars and provide more data on the atmosphere. It is being done at the NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.

Because the atmosphere on Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth's, the blades will spin at 3,000 revolutions per minute, which is about 10 times faster than the speed of helicopter blades on Earth. The helicopter will recharge its lithium-ion batteries between flights with solar cells.

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Once the helicopter is placed on Mars, the rover will move to a safe distance and relay commands.

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. This is meant to demonstrate the viability and usefulness of such aircraft on Mars. "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 said. This would be a 30-day test period that will include up to five flights.

The "marscopter" will be one of the components of the Mars survey mission scheduled to blast off in July 2020, the United States space agency announced on Friday. With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a "marscopter, ' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve". The mission is predicted to reach Mars in February 2021. 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.

We can wait for what the Mars 2020 mission will explore the Red Planet.

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