Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

Уфологи обнаружили на Марсе мертвого пришельца принесенного в жертву

"The ability to see clearly what lies beyond the next hill is crucial for future explorers", Thomas Zurbuchen, Nasa's associate administrator for science, said.

Jim Bridenstine in a statement conveyed, "The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling". But the next mission will carry a vehicle with a new approach for planetary exploration: a helicopter. Scientists want to test how "heavier-than-air vehicles" will operate on the red planet, Nasa said in a release.

To get to the Red Planet from earth, this special chopper will be attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover.

The development of the Mar's helicopter began in the year 2013.

Its design team spent more than four years shrinking a working helicopter to "the size of a softball" and cutting its weight to 1.8kg (4lbs).

That extra boost is necessary, because most Earth helicopters would be completely unable to travel in Mars' thin atmosphere. NASA's upcoming mission to explore an alien planet is already set to fly a rover to Mars in 2020 and there's just enough room for a small helicopter to tag along for the ride. The atmosphere at Mars is very thin; about 1 percent of Earth's.

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Sometime after landing on Mars, the rover will place the helicopter on the ground and drive a safe distance away.

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.

Pilots on Earth will control the next-generation aircraft for small test flights at first, and then gradually expand the range and duration as they determine its potential to scout and study previously inaccessible locations.

It will also feature numerous built-in capabilities such as solar cells for charging the batteries and a heater. This would be a 30-day test period that will include up to five flights. No nation has ever flown an helicopter on Mars before. If successful, this will be the first use of the aircraft on a different planet, reports the online edition of the Chronicle.info with reference to the Correspondent.

Its first flight calls for a brief vertical climb of three metres, followed by hovering for a half minute.

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. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper.

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