Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Rotorheads
Reload this Page >

NASA to boost helicopter to Mars in marathon mission

Rotorheads A haven for helicopter professionals to discuss the things that affect them

NASA to boost helicopter to Mars in marathon mission

Old 11th May 2018, 22:38
  #1 (permalink)  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: 1 Dunghill Mansions, Putney
Posts: 1,797
NASA to boost helicopter to Mars in marathon mission

From Mars helicopter to fly on NASA’s next red planet rover mission
The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

The...design...weighs in at little under four pounds. Its fuselage is about the size of a softball, and its twin, counter-rotating blades will bite into the thin Martian atmosphere at almost 3,000 rpm.

The helicopter also contains built-in capabilities needed for operation at Mars, including solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries, and a heating mechanism to keep it warm through the cold Martian nights.

"The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it’s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up,” said Mimi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL.

The full 30-day flight test campaign will include up to five flights of incrementally farther flight distances, up to a few hundred meters, and longer durations as long as 90 seconds, over a period. On its first flight, the helicopter will make a short vertical climb to 10 feet (3 meters), where it will hover for about 30 seconds.




The 2020 Marscopter design shows a number of differences to the 'smart rotorcraft field assistant' studied by NASA in 2004, notably a switch from a four-blade rotor to a two-blade system. This paper by NASA's Larry Young provides good insight into the proposed missions studied by the Administration.

I/C
Ian Corrigible is offline  
Old 12th May 2018, 05:33
  #2 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: N/A
Posts: 845
Helicopter on Mars

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/m...-rover-mission

Nasa will send helicopter to Mars to test otherworldly flight - BBC News

"

"The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling," said Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

While the tiny craft is being called a helicopter rather than a drone, there will be no pilot.

When our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it's already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up

"

OBVIOUS REALLY - I guess reliability will be very important
AnFI is offline  
Old 12th May 2018, 19:15
  #3 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Germany
Age: 51
Posts: 666
Rumours say, they are going to use a Bell407 GXP ��





Spunk is offline  
Old 12th May 2018, 19:32
  #4 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Netherlands
Age: 52
Posts: 2,507
This item was also in the kids news bulletin on TV in the Netherlands.

”The helicopter was planned to be used to reach places which would otherwise be to difficult to reach.”

That made me wonder if there are any places on Mars which are considered to be reached with ease?

Cheers SLB
Self loading bear is online now  
Old 12th May 2018, 19:49
  #5 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Great South East, tired and retired
Posts: 3,738
Just wait till the Martian noise complaints start coming in...
Ascend Charlie is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.