Helicopter on the Surface of Mars
Using a helicopter on Mars can play a very important role in future planetary exploration thanks to its ability to reach places that roving robots cannot reach, such as canyons.
The US space agency "NASA" launches the "Ingenuity" helicopter over Mars.
If the mission succeeds, it would mark the first flight of a remote-controlled, powered helicopter to a planet other than Earth.
This mission was scheduled for April 11 but was rescheduled after a flaw appeared that forced engineers to do more checks before relaunching the flight and resolving a problem in the chain of command.
The helicopter reached the Jezero crater on Mars on February 18 and is connected to the belly of the probe with NASA's Perseverance.
It should be noted, that the helicopter is a demonstration of technology for a flight mission planned to not exceed 30 days on Mars.
Al-Mayadeen had discussed this event on March 24th, talking about the US space agency organizing the first flight of a motor vehicle on a planet other than Earth, as an attempt would be made to launch the "Ingenuity" small helicopter to Mars.
If the test is successful, it will be a great achievement, as the density of the Martian atmosphere does not exceed 1% of the density of the Earth's atmosphere.
Excited for the first flight of our 🚁 #MarsHelicopter?— NASA Technology (@NASA_Technology) April 18, 2021
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The helicopter's program cost NASA about $ 85 million.
In the future, such vehicles could play a very important role in planet exploration thanks to their ability to reach places that roving robots could not reach (over canyons, for example).
The US Space Agency is working on another pilot project as part of the "Dragonfly" mission, which in 2026 will send a drone to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, to reach it in 2034.
#MarsHelicopter, you are cleared for takeoff. Flight commands are being sent.— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 18, 2021
Watch live on Monday, April 19 at 3:15am PT (6:15am ET/1015 GMT) as the team finds out if they've made history by achieving the first powered flight on another planet. https://t.co/SCVeYsIfBh