"Exploring the red planet with a Mars helicopter proves a successful marriage of science and technology innovation, and a unique opportunity to promote future Mars exploration," said Thomas Zurbuchen, deputy director of the NASA science mission. Zurbuchen continued: "after the White brothers proved 117 years ago that there is a possible dynamic, sustainable and controllable flight on earth, another group of American pioneers may prove to do it on another planet." BelowvideoYou can see the rendering of NASA Mars helicopter technology.
The video you saw above is another demonstration of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which has similar content.
The Mars helicopter will be fully autonomous. When a wheel travels on the ground, it can be done slowly and remotely step by step, while flying is a different problem. Flight requires a rapid and continuous movement.
Next is video from California Institute of Technology's Keck Space Institute and JPL. In the April 2015 speech, MiMi Aung talked about helicopters and their potential.
JPL Mars helicopter Project Manager Aung said: "we have no pilots and the distance between the earth is very remote, so we can not operate this task in real time. Instead, we have an autonomous ability to receive and interpret orders from the ground, and then complete the tasks on their own. "
Aung said: "the altitude of a helicopter flying on the earth is about 40000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent of the earth, so when our helicopter is on the surface of Mars, it is already equal to 100 thousand feet on earth. In order to make it fly under low atmospheric density, we must check everything carefully, as lightly as possible, and make it as effective as possible. "
The mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida in 2020. The mission will be launched by the joint launch Alliance (ULA), the Atlas V rocket, and is expected to arrive in Mars on February 2021.