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

NASA is planning to send a helicopter to Mars in July of 2020

NASA has always been able to check out Mars on the ground with rovers and landers and from far above with orbital spacecraft.

"The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling", he added.

NASA is planning to send a tiny autonomous helicopter to Mars on its next rover mission to the red planet.

Designers at JPL have actually been functioning to obtain the weight and also form of the helicopter ideal, to make sure that it could fly via the slim Mars air.

NASA's next rover will carry the first helicopter ever to fly over the surface of another world, a press release from the space agency said on Friday.

But JPL has made sure that the Mars Helicopter has everything it needs to fearless the rough environment on the Red Planet.

After the rover lands, it will place the helicopter on the ground and retreat to a safe distance.

After its batteries are charged and tests are performed, controllers on Earth will command the helicopter to take its first autonomous flight. On Earth, notes the report, the highest any helicopter has flown is around 40,000 feet and the air gets really thin at those altitudes. The Earth is too far away to control the Mars Helicopter remotely.

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

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. If successful, it could give the agency a powerful new tool to examine the planet.

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

Nasa is working toward a future when humans will walk on the surface of Mars.

According to Bridenstine, the success of the "marscopter" may enable more ambitious missions in the future.

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.

This self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle on Vera Rubin Ridge, Mars. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. Both rovers have found evidence that conditions were once fit for ancient life, as well as signs of active, ancient organic chemistry.

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