June 18, 2021

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The Mars helicopter is ready for its first flight

The Mars helicopter is ready for its first flight

A helicopter will fly over Mars for the first time on Monday. The rotor test was successful. Now eagerly waiting to see if it can take off even in thin air.

The Tuesday-Helicopter “ingenuity” according to the American space agency NASA Ready for its first flight over the red planet. NASA said on Friday that the first rotor test was successful. “The helicopter is fine, it is healthy,” said operations manager Tim Cunham.

The first controlled helicopter flight on the alien planet is now scheduled for Sunday evening (Monday 04.54 CEST). The “ingenuity” must rise vertically and orbit Mars at a height of three meters for ten minutes.

From there he had to photograph it Mars-Rover Shoot the “perseverance” of the helicopter landing on the Red Planet. Then he had to land again.

The challenge is the thin atmosphere

Flight testing is considered very difficult. Mars’ atmosphere is only one percent of Earth’s air density. This will make the helicopter boarding much more difficult. Significantly lower gravitational pull on Mars will help.

In total, NASA is planning five helicopter flights at different stages over a period of one month. $ 85 million (மில்லியன் 72 million) went to the development of the aircraft. Planes like “Ingenuity” could revolutionize space exploration because they could be used to explore more areas, and parts of alien celestial bodies that are harder to navigate due to their surface texture.

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