NASA, the first time of a helicopter flying to another planet
The Ingenuity test was successful and will be repeated in the future
They dubbed it "Ingenuity". A drone-helicopter released on Mars by the Perseverance rover as part of the Mars 2020 mission. This morning, once received the commands from NASA, the small helicopter took off, confirming the success of an experiment that will almost certainly mark the development of new aerospace technologies.
Everything happened completely automatically. The flight lasted about 40 seconds and the drone, which weighs less than 2 kilos, moved to three meters in height before recharging.
A test that will be repeated in the future with the aim of taking the drone higher and longer, for up to 90 seconds, reports Bloomberg. It seems little but flying close to the surface of Mars is equivalent to flying more than 87,000 feet on Earth, where the altitude record for a helicopter flight is 41,000 feet. Not only that, due to the Martian atmosphere, less dense than the Earth's, the rotation speed of the blades must be even five times higher than that necessary to take off on Earth.