WASHINGTON — NASA said on Friday it plans to launch the first-ever helicopter to Mars in 2020, a miniature, unmanned drone-like chopper that could boost our understanding of the Red Planet.
The US space agency said it will send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the agency’s 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world.
Known as ‘The Mars Helicopter,’ the device weighs less than four pounds (1.8 kilograms), and its main body section, or fuselage, is about the size of a softball.
“NASA has a proud history of firsts,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine in a statement. “The idea of a helicopter flying the skies of another planet is thrilling.”
It will be attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover, a wheeled robot that aims to determine the habitability of the Martian environment, search for signs of ancient life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.
Mars 2020 is planned for launch in July 2020 with an arrival on the surface of Mars expected in February 2021.
Balmiki Education Foundation School students develop robot
BHADRAPUR— Students from Balmiki Education Foundation based in Birtamodh, Jhapa have developed several instruments including robot, drone and censor car.
Eighth grader Roshan Kumar Saha and his colleagues made a robot at the cost of Rs 180,000.
The robot developed by the students was kept at Science Exhibition of the school on Monday.