NASA's Mars Helicopter Testing Enters Final Phase

  • The four-pound, autonomous test helicopter will be carried above the Mars 2020 rover during the flight to the planet, and will be deployed once the rover sets down in Mars’ Jezero Crater, on the targetdate of Feb 18 2021
  • This version doesn’t have any other kinds of sensors or scientific instruments on board, but that’s because its entire reason for being is to determine whether or not a Mars drone is even a viable proposition.
  • NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will span at minimum one Mars year, which lasts 687 Earth days, and includes a newly designed rover that is around the size of compact car
  • Features upgraded wheels and a new core-sampling drill for harvesting rock and soil samples below the surface of the planet.
  • The laws of physics may say it's near impossible to fly on Mars, but actually flying a heavier-than-air vehicle on the Red Planet is much harder than that. NASA’s Mars 2020 mission will deliver a technology demonstration
  • NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors.
  • In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet.

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