The first helicopter for flights to Mars from NASA has been successfully tested

The Mars Helicopter will be sent to Mars along with a new rover in 2020. He must arrive there

along with other research equipmentin February 2021. The Mars Helicopter is expected to make at least five short test flights. There are no plans to carry out scientific tasks using a helicopter yet.

The development of a mini-helicopter weighing almost 2 kgconducted since 2013. It is equipped with solar panels for charging and a heating mechanism for the conditions of the cold planet. If the mission is successful, the United States will become the first country to launch an aircraft heavier than air on another planet.

In the near future, the device will undergo new tests -it must prove it can operate in Martian conditions, where night temperatures can drop to -90°C. In addition, engineers will test its ability to fly for up to 90 seconds in the thin Martian atmosphere, where the pressure is equivalent to that at an altitude of 30,500 m on Earth,  or 2.5 times higher than the flight altitude record for a conventional helicopter.

Earlier it was reported that NASA canceled the first ever spacewalk of the female duo of astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch due to the lack of space suits suitable for them.