NASA wants to launch to Mars helicopter

  • NASA wants to launch to Mars helicopter

NASA wants to launch to Mars helicopter

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. Given that Planet is until now far from Mars, it will certainly take numerous mins to send out the helicopter regulates. An helicopter on Mars, however, poses a special technical challenge.

The helicopter will ride with the rover attached to its underbelly, notes the report.

When NASA releases its following vagabond to Mars, the vehicle will certainly have a tiny helicopter along for the flight.

"After the Wright Brothers demonstrated 117 years ago that a controlled flight here on Earth was possible, another group of American pioneers can prove that the same can happen in another world", said Thomas Zurbuchen, Deputy Director of the Science Division of NASA.

If the tests work, NASA will be closer to exploring the Red Planet in a different way.

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

"We don't have a pilot, and Earth will be several light minutes away, so there is no way to joystick this mission in real time", said Mimi Aung, the helicopter project manager at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Final design for the aircraft puts it at 1.8 kg on Earth and is about the size of a football.

NASA says its twin, counter-rotating blades "will bite into the thin Martian atmosphere at nearly 3,000 rpm - about 10 times the rate of a helicopter on Earth".

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. There were budget and technical feasibility hurdles that kept the space agency from making the decision, but the robot will be officially be going to Mars. "The Mars Helicopter holds much guarantee for our future scientific research, exploration, as well as expedition objectives to Mars".

NASA stated it intends that the 30day flight test interval which could include as many as five flights, so starting with a brief vertical jaunt to hover for around 30 seconds at a elevation of 10 feet (3 meters) and progressing to flight distances upto a couple hundred yards and durations up to 90 seconds. "We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit".

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.