According to an official announcement, NASA will be performing the Mars 2020 rover mission. The announcement took place this Friday that is on 11th of May 2018. According to an announcement, NASA is planning to send tiny helicopters to Mars.
The verdict of NASA about previous missions
According to Jim Bridenstine NASA is having a proud history. It is a thrilling idea to fly helicopters to another planet. The tiny helicopters to Mars are promising towards future science, exploration and discovery mission to Mars. The development of tiny helicopters to Mars began in the year 2013. This took place at California in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
All about the tiny helicopters to Mars
The weight of the helicopter is below 1.8 kilograms and is having a size similar to that of a softball. They will be carrying solar cells to charge themselves up from the light of the sun. The helicopters will also have a heating mechanism for enduring the cold night in Mars.
The blade of the helicopter will whirl 10 times faster than the helicopters of Earth that is at 300 rpm. This will keep them aloft in the atmosphere of Mars. The altitude record for the helicopter in Earth is around 40,000 feet. MiMi Aung is the project manager of the Mars helicopter.
The atmosphere of Mars is not more than 1 percent of Earth. So when the helicopter will be on the surface of Mars it will have an altitude of 100,000 feet. NASA scientists scrutinized everything to make it fly in the Mars atmosphere. It may be very light but the tiny helicopters to Mars are very strong also.
The mission of sending the helicopters to Mars
From the Cape Canaveral Air Force station present in Florida Mars 2020 will slate. The slating will take place in July 2020 on the Atlas V rocket of the United Launch Alliance. The mission will be arriving in Mars on February 20121.
The rover will be hunting the signs for habitable environments. Not only that, they will also host the places where once there was an existence of microbial life. These helicopters will explore the red planet with a microphone, 23 cameras and a drill for collecting samples.
After reaching Mars the tiny helicopters to Mars will take its place on the ground. Then they will move to a safe place for relaying commands. The helicopters will get direction from the controller of the Earth. The autonomous technology will fly the mission on its own.
According to NASA, it is a high reward project. If it fails then it will not affect the mission of Mars 2020 rover. If the mission is successful then it will be having a powerful new tool for surveying the planet.