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NASA Planning To Debut New Helicopter For Mars Mission

Scientists are planning a series of five test flights for the aircraft, which is expected to make its debut on Mars in July of 2020.

NASA plans to debut what they are calling a new helicopter during their next mission to Mars, the agency announced on its website on Friday.

The 'helicopter, which is actually a small unmanned rotorcraft's debut will mark the first time a "heavier-than-air vehicle" is flown on the red planet, according to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's website, Reuters reported. 

To handle the planet's atmosphere, scientists have equipped the aircraft with rotating blades that are nearly 10 times faster than those of a typical helicopter, clocking in at 3,000 rpm (revolutions per minute). The aircraft also weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), according to NASA's website.

Scientists are planning a series of five test flights for the aircraft, which is expected to make its debut on Mars in July of 2020.

Science & Technology

NASA Planning To Debut New Helicopter For Mars Mission

Scientists are planning a series of five test flights for the aircraft, which is expected to make its debut on Mars in July of 2020.

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NASA plans to debut what they are calling a new helicopter during their next mission to Mars, the agency announced on its website on Friday.

The 'helicopter, which is actually a small unmanned rotorcraft's debut will mark the first time a "heavier-than-air vehicle" is flown on the red planet, according to The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's website, Reuters reported. 

To handle the planet's atmosphere, scientists have equipped the aircraft with rotating blades that are nearly 10 times faster than those of a typical helicopter, clocking in at 3,000 rpm (revolutions per minute). The aircraft also weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), according to NASA's website.

Scientists are planning a series of five test flights for the aircraft, which is expected to make its debut on Mars in July of 2020.

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