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Space Flight

Mars Helicopter

In the recent years I’ve become more and more fascinated by space flight. There are a few reasons why.

Firstly it’s “flight”. Anything that has the ability to fly tends to grab my attention. From real planes, model aircraft to birds. Yes birds, my partner has a Hawk and I have an African Grey… and an “egg” on it’s way! More on “egg No 4” in July.

Secondly, technology plays a big part in space flight. It’s due to the speed technology advances that we’re now see self landing space rockets, such as the various ones being created by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX. I’ve also worked in tech for over 20 years. Unfortunately not space flight. 

Finally, it’s Mars! We’ve all seen plenty of films about colonising Mars, from Total Recall (the 1990 classic) to The Martian and many more. This is going to happen, in the not too distance future!

So when the BMFA posted about the recent landing of the Perseverance Rover on Mars, I thought I just need to share the post!

Here’s an extract from the BMFA post on facebook:

We’ve just been reading the news about yesterday’s amazing feat by NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration of landing their Perseverance Rover on Mars!

Within the next 30 days the rover will launch a miniature helicopter to explore further afield on the Martian planet.

If you visit Nasa’s website below you can learn more about Ingenuity and its mission, along with the ability to download a 3D model and lots of videos about the helicopter’s deployment from Perseverance and its task ahead!

Who’d have thought that the first heavier than air object to fly on Mars would come from the technology behind our very own sport!

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/

It’s going to launch a helicopter to fly around Mars! Yes, that’s right a small chopper. Truly amazing! 

 

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