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First Flight on Another Planet!



#drone #mars #mars 2020 #space #Education
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..
Huge Thanks to Patreon Supporters, Philipp Volgger, Chris Vargas, Ron Neal, Alfred Wallace, Colin Bellmore, Michael Krugman, James Knight, Donal Botkin, Sam Lutfi, Mohammed Al Sahaf, Kevin Beavers, Chuck Lauer Vose, Bryan Baker, James Wong, kkm, Manuel Zürcher, Tige Thorman, Jasper Xin, Leah Howard, Daniel Milum, Mathias Göransson, Stan Presolski, Lyvann Ferrusca, Arjun Chakroborty, June Kang, Listen Money Matters, Pindex, Joar Wandborg, DALE HORNE, Parker Linn, Roberto Rezende
Jonny Hyman was a legend in editing, animation, filming, and sound design for this video.

#helicopter #flight #spacecraft #powered #exploration #first flight #first #autonomous #rover #mars helicopter #veritasium

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You know you're dealing with some razor-thin margins when aerogel is a weight concern.

by Toraxa 1 year ago

playing with a joystick with 20 min lag? just like home.

by DERlp glubscher 1 month ago

11months later: Seeing veritasium on the NASA channel during the launch of this thing. Cool, cool.

by AxSmasher 1 month ago

This is an excellent thing to spend money on.

Less war, more science.

by Patrick Barry 1 month ago

„Every part had to be considered because of the weight“

Let us not talk about the NASA sticker

by Elias Heinze 1 month ago

It'll get stuck in the only tree on Mars.

by rbwannasee 1 year ago

Just imagine you go to buy some fishing rod and the seller quotes "NASA QC passed"

by Ram Krishan Charan 1 month ago

Who's coming back here after it has launched.

by PREXP 1 month ago

Id be using that helli to clear the dust of the other rovers solar panels and get it working again

by Scotty Weatherall 1 month ago

The Martians will now be talking about UFOs.

by aditya thakur 3 weeks ago

How to tell if a video will be interesting: "I'm at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory..."

by TheMurmuringGolem 1 year ago

My friend designed the landing gear on this device. He's a cool dude!

by Capt. Mike Henderson 1 month ago

Seeing the passion in the eyes of theese people is so heartwarming is one of the best feelings you can get.

by Nick 1 month ago

On Earth Engineers are trying hard keep the electronics cool and on Mars they are using 2/3 of the battery power keep the electronics warm.

by Bishal K Roy 1 month ago

Imagine if we funded NASA like we did the military how many cool Rovers and drones we could send out. That's my dream

by Keagan Connell 1 month ago

They let this guy go everywhere. He should ask to go to Area 51. He will be our inside man.

by Gennik 1 year ago

nobody:
not a single soul:
nasa: 8 grams of Aerogel is heavy

by ViniByte 1 month ago

Aerogel: lightest solid on earth
NASA: that's too heavy for us

by oskjan1 1 month ago

Who’s here when the launch is in two days

by AlexTrifs 1 month ago

Who else is rewatching this after seeing Nasa's incoming livestream

by -COOKIEZILA - 1 month ago

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