6 July 2018
Aviation Today reports that AeroVironment announced it will collaborate with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to “build the agency’s Mars Helicopter planned to fly on Mars.” The helicopter will be part of NASA’s next Mars rover mission, planned for July 2020 to “demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the red planet.” AeroVironment displayed a model of the Mars Helicopter during a press briefing held on June 27, and “AeroVironment’s model incorporates airfoil design principles and simulation tools.” AeroVironment is currently building flight versions of subsystems to integrate into a vehicle built by JPL and “integrating AeroVironment’s rotor, landing gear, fuselage shell and solar panel substrate.” (Image Credit: AeroVironment)
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