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NASA to bring a small 'helicopter' to explore Mars

Saturday 12/May/2018 - 11:23 AM
Sada El Balad
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، according to "Reuters".

The 'helicopter، which is actually a small unmanned rotorcraft's debut will mark the first time a "heavier-than-air vehicle" is flown

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. The aircraft also weighs less than 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.

Edited by Rasha Mohamed

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