NASA Announces It is Sending a Helicopter to Mars in 2020

13 May, 2018, 09:47 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Уфологи обнаружили на Марсе мертвого пришельца принесенного в жертву

NASA has announced that its Mars 2020 rover mission will include a small, autonomous helicopter for surveying the red planet from high above the ground.

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

As according to Nasa, it weighs about four pounds (1.8 kilograms), with a fuselage the size of a softball, its blades will spin at nearly 3,000 rpm, roughly 10 times the rate employed by helicopters on Earth.

In what appears to be a new tradition of sending pioneering technology demonstrations on its high-profile interplanetary missions, the agency has just unveiled its plans to extend the payload of the Mars 2020 mission and send a helicopter to the Red Planet.

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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. In tests he successfully rose to a height in excess of 12 km, this means that on Mars the Mars Helicopter can fly at an altitude of over 30 km. No aircraft has ever taken off from the surface of another planet. The planet's very thin atmosphere is not ideal for the flying of helicopters.

The Mar's helicopter carries twin blades, which whirls about ten times the blades of the aircraft on the Earth's surface. The Mar's helicopter is accompanied with solar cells. When the vagabond come down on the earth's surface area, it will certainly after that locate a great location to put down the helicopter, release it, and afterwards roll away.

When the Mars 2020 Rover lands on Mars, the Mars Helicopter will deploy from the bottom of the space probe.

"To make it fly at that [altitude], we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be", she said.

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"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", Ms Aung said.

The helicopter is meant to show the viability and usefulness of aircraft on Mars, NASA explained, together with potential roles because of low-flying scout or to attain areas inaccessible out of the floor. The rocket, which will accomplish the mission, is named as United Launch Alliance's Atlas V rocket.

The helicopter will attempt up to five flights, going farther and operating for longer each time - up to a few hundred meters and 90 seconds, officials said.

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