Friday, 20 July, 2018

NASA sends a helicopter to Mars

Уфологи обнаружили на Марсе мертвого пришельца принесенного в жертву NASA intends to send a small helicopter on Mars
Guillermo Lane | 13 May, 2018, 14:13

The Mars 2020 mission, scheduled for launch aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral in July 2020, is expected to reach the red planet in February 2021.

NASA's Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission, now scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

"The idea of a helicopter flying in the sky of another planet is exciting". Yet the Mars Helicopter will certainly be flying in an environment that's as slim as elevations of 100,000 feet in the world, inning accordance with NASA.

Nasa is working toward a future when humans will walk on the surface of Mars. It has the potential to be much faster - and more complicated to fly further - than the River's journey to the rocky surface of Mars.

Flying through the through the Martian air, the remote-controlled chopper will see if vehicles can even levitate in the atmosphere which is 100 times thinner than that of Earth.

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The helicopter contains solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries and a heating mechanism to keep it warm during frigid nights.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been developing the helicopter since 2013, and eventually shrunk the fuselage to around the size of a softball to help make the drone viable. The Martian atmosphere is so thin that the altitude of the helicopter at takeoff on Mars already corresponds to an altitude of 30,500 meters on Earth.

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said the mission provided "a unique opportunity to advance Mars exploration for the future".

"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. Mars is about 20 light minutes away from Earth. NASA hopes the helicopter will ascend to around 10 feet and hover there for around 30 seconds on its first flight.

"Instead, we have an autonomous capability that will be able to receive and interpret commands from the ground, and then fly the mission on its own", she pointed out. 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. "With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter, ' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve". If it does not work, the Mars 2020 mission will not be impacted.

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