It’s the time for the world to rejoice! NASA came with an astounding revelation launching in 2018, its mission to Mars. NASA’s rover mission 2020 is all set to bring fascinating discoveries about Mars when it will fly a helicopter in the upcoming NASA’s Red Planet Mission.
Yes, you read it right! An announcement that came directly from NASA claimed that it would be sending a helicopter to the red planet called Mars in coming 2020 from Florida, US. The spacecraft is expected to land in the year 2021 in February.
The aviation will be humankind’s 1st effort to fly a heavier machine in the atmosphere. The space agency said that when the helicopter lands with the rover on February 2021 on the red planet. They will be aiming to take around 5 test flights.
The machine production already started way back in 2013 at NASA’s propulsion lab in California. NASA Mars Rover Curiosity will be the biggest of its kind to be sent to the Red Planet, Mars.
NASA Mars Rover will be conducting geological assessments, searching for the signs of early creature from outer space. Determining the habitability of the surroundings, and assessing natural resources and dangers for human explorers in the future.
Will New Mars 2020 rover ‘hear’ the Red Planet?
NASA during its mission will be planning to use microphone allowing them to hear sounds on the surface, but to say that won’t be right at this moment.
Scientists claim that it will eventually give them another vantage point to scrutinize Mars very precisely. NASA’s administrator, Jim Bridenstine said that “NASA will have a proud history of firsts” and its thought of flying aviation to the sky will be unique and thrilling on its own.
He further said that NASA Mars 2020 rover mission goals hold promises for discoveries, science and exploring new things on Mars.
The basic idea of sending this massive machine on Mars was established by a group of Americans saying that Mars may be capable of handling heavy air machine on its planet, said Thomas Zurbuchen.
An associate administrator of NASA’s science mission directorate in Washington. Earlier, the same effort was made by the Wright Brothers about 117 years ago. Who thought that powered, sustained, and the controlled flight was possible here on Earth and later went right with their thought.
How Will This Copter Perform?
As per officials, it took them more than 4 years to design the copter and shrink it to 1.8kg (4lbs) that we can expect it to be the size of a softball. The small helicopter that will be sent to the planet will consist of its main body having a size of a softball.
This softball will be attached to the belly pan of the rover. Once the rover lands on the planet, it will lay the helicopter and move away from it. But, since the earth is very far away from the red planet. It will probably take quite a few minutes to send the commands to the helicopter.
Then comes, functioning of the helicopter. It will be charging the lithium-ion batteries consisting of the solar cells. The controllers will be then preparing the craft to be ready for the tricky 5 test flights. To move in the thin atmosphere of Mars, the 2 counter-rotating blades of the helicopter will take a turn in 3000 revolutions in a time span of 1 minute.
The chances are that it may even take a turn more than 10 times. As fast as the helicopter blades on the earth rotate, said NASA officials.
What Will Lie Ahead of the Next Hill?
When the first test flight takes place, NASA is planning to climb the helicopter 10 feet high in the air and fly for about 30 seconds.
The Mars rover mission 2020 is unique. In its own that will be looking up for signs of life for 2 years. If everything goes well, NASA will be sending people to Mars. Further, it would aim to use instruments to help NASA officials learn about how humans could safely land on the planet.
As said above, it will be using microphones to hear the surface also.
Earlier during this month, NASA commenced its insight probe. That is expected to land near Mars equator by the end of the year.
Also, a few other things along with it are planned to lair 10 to 16 feet into the crust of the planet. Thus giving scientists a clue about the interior of Mars.
Best of Luck to NASA