National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will send a helicopter to Mars with US space agency’s Marsh 2020 rover mission. It is currently scheduled to launch on July 2020 to check the potential of heavier-than-air craft on other Planet.
They are currently testing this sir-craft with Mars-like atmosphere, which is 100 times thinner then earth’s via BBC Canada. This heavier-than-air vehicle is designed to fly in the thinner atmosphere with four pounds of weight, with a fuselage the size of a softball, NASA said.
“Exploring the Red Planet with NASA’s Mars Helicopter exemplifies a successful marriage of science and technology innovation and is a unique opportunity to advance Mars exploration for the future,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission. “After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and the controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world.”