Nasa's Mars Helicopter Finally Touch Down On Red Planet (Photos)
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A helicopter was dropped on Martian soil on Saturday from the Perseverance rover as NASA prepares for the Ingenuity to make its first flight on the Red Planet.
The first test of the $85million drone, which costs more than the baseline price of $80million for the F-35 fighter jet, will be to hold up on the bitterly cold Martian soil. Then it will be used in a demonstration to test powered flight on another world for the first time.
It's expected to 'take off a few feet from the ground, hover in the air for about 20 to 30 seconds, and land', according to NASA.
The flight is predicted to take place on April 11 and ultimate for 90 seconds with out getting better than 10 ft off the ground, the Wall Street Journal reported.
'#MarsHelicopter landing confirmed! Its 293 million mile (471 million km) journey aboard @NASAPersevere ended with the final drop of 4 inches (10 cm) from the rover's stomach to the surface of Mars today. Next milestone? Survive the night,' the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted.
An picture with the tweet shows the drone standing freely on the flight field a ways from the rover.
NASA stated that, no matter it is deliberate quick time, the flight 'will be a prime milestone' as 'the very first powered flight inside the extremely skinny atmosphere of Mars.'
In a announcement last month, NASA as compared the flight to that of the Wright Brothers.
'While Ingenuity will strive the primary powered, managed flight on any other planet, the first powered, controlled flight on Earth befell Dec. 17, 1903, at the windswept dunes of Kill Devil Hill, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina,' it reads.
'Orville and Wilbur Wright protected one hundred twenty ft in 12 seconds during the primary flight. The Wright brothers made four flights that day, each longer than the preceding.'
Håvard Grip, with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, informed Space.Com remaining month that if the flight is going nicely the drone will make extra flights with every one longer than the next, like the Wright Brothers.
But first, the facts from its initial flight may be sent back to Earth - not arriving till the next day, retailers stated.
'Remaining flights at some stage in Ingenuity's 31-day window will goal a maximum altitude of sixteen.Five ft ... With each flight preferably going farther than its predecessor down the unique three hundred-foot-long range,' the outlet pronounced.
NASA said that till its first flight, the little 4lbs helicopter will try to hold warm 'autonomously through the intensely cold Martian night time' - which reaches temperatures below -130 degrees Fahrenheit.
The tiny, little chopper will even use its solar panels to price up earlier than its big day.
Mars has a rarefied atmosphere with 'pretty much 1% of the density of our ecosystem on Earth,' in line with NASA.
'Because the Mars surroundings is a lot less dense, Ingenuity is designed to be mild, with rotor blades which might be a great deal larger and spin an awful lot faster than what would be required for a helicopter of Ingenuity's mass on Earth,' NASA stated in a assertion.
NASA referred to in a press release that the Ingenuity isn't designed to assist the Perseverance venture, 'that's looking for signs and symptoms of ancient life and collecting samples of rock and sediment in tubes for potential return to Earth by way of later missions.'