Mars helicopter prepares for first flight

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ultra-lightweight Ingenuity helicopter - a mini-companion of the rover Perseverance - will try to make the first flight to Mars
15:16, 19 April 2021


The broadcast of the flight of the Ingenuity helicopter began on April 19 at 1:15 pm Kyiv time, NASA reports.

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The Mars-copter was scheduled to climb at a rate of about 1 meter per second, then rise to about 3m, hover for roughly 30 seconds, swivel and then land. Engineers hope that it will not overturn, so they can run it more than once.

In order to fly in a thin atmosphere, its blades will rotate five times faster than on Earth. The flight of mini-helicopters will be the first controlled on another planet.

The flight takes place as part of the Mars 2020 mission.

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As it was reported earlier, NASA develops the Artemis Space Launch System and it will provide the return of a human to the Moon in 2024. 

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