NASA’s Mars Helicopter will demonstrate the potential for heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA will explore Mars in a way no other mission has done before when the Mars Helicopter reaches the Red Planet along with its companion, the Mars 2020 rover. Both of these vehicles are scheduled to launch in July 2020, and this small, autonomous rotorcraft will test the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars.
“NASA has a proud history of firsts,” says NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling. The Mars Helicopter holds much promise for our future science, discovery and exploration missions to Mars.”
United States Representative John Culberson of Texas resonates with Bridenstine’s acknowledgement of the United States’ continuation to be the first country to undergo unique adventures. “It’s fitting that the United States of America is the first nation in history to fly the first heavier-than-air craft on another world,” says Culberson. “This exciting and visionary achievement will inspire young people all over the United States to become scientists and engineers, paving the way for even greater discoveries in the future.”
This concept began in August 2013 as a technology ...