The mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 to study the implications of using "heavier-than-air vehicles" on the Red Planet.
With Mars In Sight [VIDEO] having departed for the Red Planet for a late November landing, NASA is preparing for the Mars 2020 rover, an enhanced version of the Mars Curiosity that is now rolling about the Martian surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine [VIDEO] announced on Twitter that the Mars 2020 would have another enhancement.
Yet also if the helicopter can not fly, it will not impact the total goal of the Mars 2020 vagabond- the follower to NASA's Inquisitiveness vagabond which is now on the Red World's surface area.
Flying on the red planet is not easy.
"The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet". It will also have to be completely autonomous because commands take a long time to reach Mars from Earth.
NASA now has two cars roaming Mars - the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers. It has the potential to be much faster - and more complicated to fly further - than the River's journey to the rocky surface of Mars.
The drone weighs 1.8 kilograms (just under four pounds) and the dual, counter-rotating blades will spin at around 3,000 rpm, roughly 10 times the rate of a regular helicopter.
The layout for the Mars Helicopter has actually remained in the benefit the last 4 years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, yet the room company had yet to determine if it was really mosting likely to send out the lorry to Mars.
"To make it fly at that [altitude], we had to scrutinize everything, make it as light as possible while being as strong and as powerful as it can possibly be", she said.
The helicopter is equipped with "solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries, and a heating mechanism to keep it warm through the cold Martian nights". "We don't have a pilot and Earth will be several light minutes away, so there is no way to joystick this mission in real time", said Aung.
"The ability to see clearly what lies beyond the next hill is crucial for future explorers".
If the helicopter does not work, the Mars project will not fail. Indeed, future Mars settlements could be constructed within the caverns, protected from the harsh conditions of the Martian surface.
"We already have great views of Mars from the surface as well as from orbit.With the added dimension of a bird's-eye view from a 'marscopter, ' we can only imagine what future missions will achieve".