NASA attaches autonomous mini helicopter to Mars 2020 rover mission

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NASA's engineers have connected a small helicopter to the bottom of the Mars 2020 rover.

A cover will shield the mini helicopter from debris as the rover lands on Mars' surface, according to NASA.

The aircraft will be deployed over the Red Planet once the Mars rover finds a suitable area to conduct test flights. The helicopter will be carrying a camera to capture photos of the Martian surface for transmission back to Earth.

NASA's website explains that the main body of the Mars helicopter will be the size of a softball and weigh under four pounds.

The helicopter will use two sets of rotor blades that are four feet long. These will spin at 2,400 rotations per minute to allow the helicopter to fly as high as 15 feet above the Red Planet.

The Mars helicopter will include a solar array to recharge its batteries that are to be used to rotate the blades and keep the vehicle warm throughout the night.

If the test flights are successful, second-generation helicopters could be used for future Mars missions.

The Mars 2020 rover will be launched in July next year from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Where the helicopter will be placed
2. The rover carrying the helicopter landing on Mars' surface
3. The helicopter flying across Mars
4. The helicopter carrying a camera and analyzing Mars' surface
5. How big the helicopter will be and how it will operate
6. A solar array is included on the helicopter to recharge its batteries

VOICEOVER (in English):
"NASA's engineers have connected a small helicopter to the bottom of the Mars 2020 rover."

"According to NASA, a cover will shield the mini helicopter from debris as the rover lands on Mars' surface."

"The aircraft will be deployed over the Red Planet once the Mars rover finds a suitable area to conduct test flights."

"The helicopter will be carrying a camera to capture photos of the Martian surface for transmission back to Earth."

"NASA's website explains that the main body of the Mars helicopter will be the size of a softball and weigh under four pounds."

"The helicopter will use two sets of rotor blades that are four feet long. These will spin at 2,400 rotations per minute to allow the helicopter to fly as high as 15 feet above the Red Planet."

"The Mars helicopter will include a solar array to recharge its batteries that are to be used to rotate the blades and keep the vehicle warm throughout the night."

SOURCES: NASA, CNet
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7489
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-is-with-you-when-you-fly-even-on-mars
https://www.cnet.com/news/nasa-has-officially-attached-a-freakin-helicopter-to-the-mars-2020-rover/