The NASA Mars helicopter is the first aircraft to fly
on another planet, to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover today in the clean room High Bay 1 of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, California.
A solar-powered twin-rotor helicopter was used along with the
Mars Helicopter Delivery System, on a plate on the belly of the rover, which contains
a cover to protect the helicopter from deposits during ingress, descent and landing.
The helicopter remains encased after landing and is brought to the surface
Once Jezero Crater, the Rover, is a suitable area for test flights
The Mars helicopter is considered a high risk
High-reward technology demonstration. When the little craft meets
Difficulties will not affect the scientific collection of the Mars 2020 mission.
If the helicopter flies as planned, future Mars missions could be deployed
Second-generation helicopters expand their exploration by one dimension from the air.
The task is to prove that an autonomous, controlled flight in the air can be carried out
extremely thin Martian atmosphere, "said JPL's MiMi Aung, Mars
Helicopter Project. "Because our helicopter is designed as a flight
Test of experimental technology, it carries no scientific instruments. But if we are
prove that powered flight can work on Mars, we look forward to the day on Mars
Helicopters can play an important role in future exploration of the Red
with the investigation of difficult to reach targets such as cliffs, caves and
deep craters, they could carry small scientific instruments or as scouts for
human and robotic explorers. The agency intends to establish a sustainable person
Presence on and around the Moon through NASA's Artemis Moon Exploration Plans using the moon as a stepping-stone
Stone to bring people to Mars
Wright brothers flew the first plane
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, but they built it in Dayton, "NASA said
Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "The
Mars Helicopter was destined to be the first aircraft to fly on another planet
built in Pasadena, California. Now connected to the Rover 2020, it's another one
Example of how NASA's Artemis generation extends the reach of humanity in our country
Solar system. "
" With this connection of two big ones
Spaceship, I can definitely say that all the parts are for one
historic research mission, "said Thomas Zurbuchen, Deputy Administrator of the Science Mission
Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington. "Together, Mars 2020 and
The Mars helicopter will help define the future of science and Earth exploration
the Red Planet for decades.
The Mars 2020 Rover with
The Mars helicopter on board takes off on an Atlas V of the United Launch Alliance
Rocket in July 2020 from the Space Launch Complex 41
Station in Florida. When it lands in Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, the
Rover will be the first spaceship in the history of planetary exploration
the ability to accurately realign his touchpoint during the landing sequence.
JPL builds and manages the operation of Mars 2020
Rover and the Mars Helicopter for NASA. NASA's Launch Services program, which is based in the agency's Kennedy
The Space Center in Florida is responsible for the launch management. Lockheed Martin
Space provided Mars
Helicopter delivery system.
Submit your name to travel to Mars with the NASA 2020 mission, and get one
Souvenir boarding pass for the Red Planet, here until September 30, 2019:
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