NASA wants to fly around helicopter drone on Mars




NASA has plans to go around on Mars with a drone flying. Displays the distances could be tripled on exploration and should be easier to detect Interest.

The drone, which can autonomously fly around and looks like a helicopter, is working in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA. There is now a prototype is available. Ultimately, it is intended that the so-called NASA Helicopter life as ‘add-on’ to future missions to Mars. So it is not intended that the drone usual Mars rovers are replacing.

According to NASA, the helicopter the distances traveled on a normal day with the space carts triple. In addition, from the air easier to find interesting locations that deserve closer inspection. For example, sites can be highlighted to take soil samples. That task is then performed by the robber to the ground.

The developed prototype weighs two pounds and has a wingspan of just over one meter. When the Mars drone is first deployed is not to say. That will depend on the planning of future Mars missions.

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