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skuthorp
10-02-2018, 08:29 PM
Brian, there's a job going at NASA…………………..

"NASA is sending a helicopter to the red planet, but it won't fly there on its own — it will be attached to the belly pan of the space agency's Mars Rover, lifting off in 2020.
The tiny autonomous rotorcraft will head to Earth's distant neighbour to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on another planet.
"After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world," NASA science mission directorate associate administrator Thomas Zurbuchen said."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-12/nasa-to-send-space-helicopter-to-mars/9754430

bluedog225
10-02-2018, 08:43 PM
I hope/wish it could have a decent camera.

BrianW
10-02-2018, 11:39 PM
Interesting!

I'm wondering about the poor performance in the low density air, versus the lower gravity. Maybe a wash?

BrianW
10-02-2018, 11:41 PM
And then... I read the article. :)

The air density is much lower than I thought. Sadly, they didn't mention gravity.

WX
10-02-2018, 11:42 PM
Gravity is lower as well.