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


Luckily, the ideal opportunity to accomplish this historic feat is right around the corner.

The Martian helicopter will travel with the mission of the Rover of Mars 2020, announced the space agency.

According to the source, the Mars Helicopter will be bundled with the U.S. space agency's Mars rover when it launches in 2020. "The idea of a helicopter flying over the surface of another planet is exciting", said Nasa boss Jim Bridenstine at the launch. Yes, when the administration launches its next rover to the red planet; it will have a small helicopter along for the ride. An helicopter on Mars, however, poses a special technical challenge.

The layout for the Mars Helicopter has actually remained in the benefit the last 4 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, yet the room company had yet to determine if it was really mosting likely to send out the lorry to Mars. This has twin counter-rotating blades with a fuselage as big as a softball.

The helicopter will ride with the rover attached to its underbelly, notes the report. Equipped with solar cells to power it over a 30-day test campaign, its blades would spin three times quicker than a normal helicopter, or around 3,000 revolutions a minute so as to handle the planet's atmosphere, which is 100 times thinner than Earth's. "The atmosphere of Mars is only 1 percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up".

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"To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinise everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be", Ms Aung added. Just like the twin MarCO CubeSats now on their way to the Red Planet as part of the historic InSight mission, the "marscopter" is a trailblazer meant to demonstrate that the technology can be used in exploration missions.

The team say it's an ambitious project that carries a high risk of failure - but if it comes off it could offer new frontiers for space exploration.

The helicopter consists of solarcells to charge its lithium-ion batteries and also a heating mechanism to keep it warm throughout frigid evenings.

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.