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    NASA is Sending a Helicopter to Mars

    https://www.space.com/40570-nasa-sen...r-to-mars.html

    Yes, NASA Is Actually Sending a Helicopter to Mars: Here's What It Will Do


    NASA will include a small, autonomous helicopter in the agency's upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, officials announced today.

    The craft will undergo a 30-day test campaign once it reaches the Red Planet to demonstrate the viability of travel above the Martian surface with a heavier-than-air craft.
    Pete (couldn't find a cost on the helicopter/drone, but did find that the entire mission will cost $2.1 Billion)

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    I didn't realize there was enough atmosphere to create lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cart213 View Post
    I didn't realize there was enough atmosphere to create lift.
    Thinner atmosphere plus lower gravity might work out about even.

    Pete (suspects that power will be at a premium and the craft will be incredibly light)

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    I'd assume it has a docking station to recharge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cart213 View Post
    I'd assume it has a docking station to recharge.
    I just figured it was solar.

    Pete (shrugs)

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    Ahhhhhhh. That would make more sense.

    Stephen (is a little drunk at the moment)

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    I wonder why they don't do "lighter than air"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronny View Post
    I wonder why they don't do "lighter than air"?
    Because they found out a balloon doesn't waste nearly as much money?
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    What was I thinking?
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