The helicopter will attempt to fly through the Martian air to see if vehicles can even levitate on Mars, where the atmosphere is 100 times thinner than that of Earth. If the Mars Helicopter will fly, it’ll be able to capture a bird’s-eye-view of Mars with its two cameras. This was never been done before. The Mars Helicopter will be flying in an atmosphere that’s as thin as altitudes of 100,000 feet on Earth, according to NASA.
The Mars helicopter (image from NASA)
The robot has to be tiny and light: it weighs in at just four pounds (1.8 kilograms) on Earth and is about the size of a softball. The copter also sports twin blades that rotate 10 times faster than helicopter’s here on our planet. The helicopter will have to fly on its own because it will take several minutes to send the helicopter commands from Earth. The vehicle will try to do five autonomous flights over a 30-day period and the trips could last up to 90 seconds. „The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery, and exploration missions to Mars,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement on Friday. The Mars 2020 rover will launch in July 2020.