NASA flying helicopter to Mars using remote control

Уфологи обнаружили на Марсе мертвого пришельца принесенного в жертву

Mars 2020 will launch 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.

NASA is planning for the first time to use a small helicopter to survey Mars as part of the agency's 2020 mission to put a new rover on the red planet's surface.

"The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.

It is specifically created to fly in the atmosphere of Red Planet which is 100 times thinner than Earth's.

"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.

Named simply the Mars Helicopter, this miniature unmanned aircraft that resembles a drone began its development in August 2013 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). It also has twin blades spinning ten times as fast as an average helicopter at 3,000 rpm.

To rise into the Mars' thin atmosphere, the helicopter's two counter-rotating blades will turn at almost 3,000 revolutions per minute, or more than 10 times as fast as a helicopter's blades on Earth, NASA says.

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"To make it fly at that low atmospheric density, we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be", Aung added. This is meant to demonstrate the viability and usefulness of such aircraft on Mars.

The aerial vehicle will come equipped with solar panels that will recharge its lithium-ion batteries and a heating unit to allow it to survive the Martian nights.

A successful test could open the door to using helicopters as scouts on future missions, surveying terrain that might be hard for rovers to navigate and even accessing locations that are unreachable via ground travel.

Plans are being laid for a 30-day flight test, with five flights going incrementally further each time, up to a few hundred yards (metres). Indeed, future Mars settlements could be constructed within the caverns, protected from the harsh conditions of the Martian surface.

Its first flight calls for a brief vertical climb of 10 feet (three metres), followed by hovering for a half minute.

"We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit.With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter, ' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve".

If it fails, it will not impact the Mars 2020 mission.

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