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First Flight on Another Planet! 1 day ago   16:01

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The Mars Helicopter aims to make the first powered flight on another planet when it takes off on Mars as part of the Mars 2020 mission. I learned a lot getting to visit the drone right before it was mounted on the rover.

How do you fly in 1% of Earth's atmosphere:
Have large rotors (they are 1.2m in diameter) and spin them very fast, around 2500 RPM (5x the speed of a helicopter on Earth).

Plus the aircraft has to be light:
The Mars helicopter weighs in at 1.8kg or around the same as a laptop. Every piece had to be stripped down for weight. Instead of using aerogel for insulation, the craft makes use of CO2 gaps between components. Even aerogel was too heavy!

One of the major challenges is surviving the Martian night:
Temperatures plunge to -80C to -100C so two thirds of the craft's power is actually used to keep its electronics warm. Only one third is used for flying. The estimated flight time is 90 seconds.

The craft can't be driven remotely, it will have to fly autonomously, using its own sensor suite to determine how to fly. The round trip 20 minute delay with Earth means steering the craft from mission control would be impossible.

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Jonny Hyman was a legend in editing, animation, filming, and sound design for this video.

Comments 4201 Comments

Марко Пејић
I have one question, can He ballon fly on Mars?
Qishi Li
2:59 I don't get it. What's so funny?
ben3847
the martians gonna be spooked af
Alex Whitton
5:43 imagine if you were an alien on Mars and you just hear that coming over the hill.
Noah Nobody
Good'ol Jack Parsons Laboratories.
TheBurek
You're overeastimating smartphone batteries. Around 4 Wh is the average nowadays, so that would be more like 10 batteries, not 3.
v.v.v.v jojo
Tax money is wasted😥
Rajas Bhide
I really feel bad that such a great informative video gets barely a million views and a minecraft video get 10 million... says more about us as people than about the content creators
Richard Deese
Thanks! Wow! Between this & the Titan Dragonfly, NASA's getting bold! Way to go, folks! I'm lovin' it! The possibilities are endless. I can't wait until these missions get first flight. Keep up the great work. Thanks again. 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.
True Crony
I rather see a fleet of weather balloons and/or quad-copters.
Prodipta Ghosh
See Bob Balaram is an INDIAN he should be in ISRO
Freddy Krueger
it would be great if they could find the Beagle 2 on Mars.
Freddy Krueger
A Mars a day,
Helps you work, rest & play.
AwsomeLikeYou Bro
3:00 my fake friend laugh be like😂✌️
maskyschannel
Funky Aerodynamics should be the name of a band
Cosmopolitan
Anybody notice that Derek has a cameraman?
Jamesc00ls0x
Another amazing and educational video from my boi!
Jan Sten Adámek
Seeing this helicopter, I wonder what has happened to that Mars plane. I heard about it years ago, yet it never took flight.
annarboriter
and which other planetary and lunar surfaces are potential candidates for this sort of drone craft?
darthspeaks
The martian soil is about 15% iron.
Imagine the amount of iron those magnets in those electronic drone would collect around them props.
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