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NASA flies drone on Mars, pats itself on back

19 Apr

{Yawn}

The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars.

The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world.

Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth.

The space agency is promising more adventurous flights in the days ahead.

What, like a manned one? 😉

 

9 responses to “NASA flies drone on Mars, pats itself on back

  1. electricangel

    April 19, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    You mean a personned one?

    How do you fly a helicopter with no air? That’s pretty impressive.

     
    • Will S.

      April 19, 2021 at 5:40 pm

      Oh yeah! 🙂

      Well, Mars does have an atmosphere, however thinner than Earth’s:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Mars

       
    • awildgoose

      April 19, 2021 at 7:36 pm

      The engineers have pretty good models and simulation tools that would let them design for the thinner atmosphere.

      Unlike, say, Imperial College London and their Bat flu models.

       
  2. Hun

    April 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    If it can do something useful, like filming unexplored surface from low altitude, then it’s neat. If it can cross relatively large distances, than it’s pretty cool.
    Need more info.

     
  3. feeriker

    April 19, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, …

    So what happened then? Did it crash and burn? That would be par for the course for anything designed and deployed by NASA.

     
    • Will S.

      April 19, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      Yeah, more details! 🙂

       
  4. fuzziewuzziebear

    April 19, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Those guys at NASA just want to fly drones. I can understand. It does look like fun.

     

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