NASA declared strategy to set-off a rover and a rotorcraft named Mars Helicopter in July 2020 to Mars. While the rover travels around and gathers samples on the Red Planet’s surface, the Mars Helicopter will be utilized to investigate nearby areas and perhaps give access to places unapproachable by the ground tour. The Mars helicopter and the rover will be launched at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, using an Atlas V rocket and they are anticipated to get by February 2021 to Mars.
The Mars Helicopter will run assignments autonomously; however, the rotorcraft UAV is developed to understand and accept commands as well. The rotorcraft UAV will be utilized to observe beyond hills, elevating exploration competence. The Mars Helicopter is deemed a “high-risk, high-reward project,” although anything goes incorrect, the Mars 2020 mission would still carry on.
Mars Helicopter project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA, Aung, said, “We do not have a pilot and the Earth will be numerous light minutes far, thus, there are no means to control this task in real time.”
The Mars Helicopter has been developed, studied, and validated for 4 Years. If everything goes well, it will be the foremost heavier-than-jet on another planet. NASA evaluated that when the rotorcraft UAV is on the surface of Mars, it will be the same as an Earth altitude of 100,000 feet.
To make it functional under extreme settings, NASA developed the Mars Helicopter with double, counter-rotating blades that are paced to revolve as fast as 3,000 rpm—that is 10x the helicopter’s rate on the Earth, as per the press release of NASA.
On the other end, SpaceWorks Enterprises and NASA are at present building a stasis chamber that can stimulate an extended torpor state that can enable the astronauts to doze for at least 2 Weeks on end during lengthy missions.