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NASA reveals details of Mars 2020 helicopter

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OverSword

Oh how bleeping cool is that? :tu:

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CigaretteSmokingMan

Why? Just, why?? What a waste of money

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Seti42

The music in the video isn't dramatic enough.

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Calibeliever
10 hours ago, CigaretteSmokingMan said:

Why? Just, why?? What a waste of money

Do you mean the entire Mars exploration endeavor? Or just this particular ROV?

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Jon the frog

Helicopter are far than efficient... but going vtol is quite useful. 

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Waspie_Dwarf
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21 minutes ago, Jon the frog said:

Helicopter are far than efficient... but going vtol is quite useful. 

No runways or airstrips on Mars. A winged aircraft could, conceivably, be launched by a catapult but with nowhere to land it would make one flight only. VTOL is not useful, it's essential.

Edited by Waspie_Dwarf
typo.

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CigaretteSmokingMan
10 hours ago, Calibeliever said:

Do you mean the entire Mars exploration endeavor? Or just this particular ROV?

Just the ROV. Mars exploration is fascinating and needed imo.

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Jon the frog
13 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

No runways or airstrips on Mars. A winged aircraft could, conceivably, be launched by a catapult but with nowhere to land it would make one flight only. VTOL is not useful, it's essential.

An hybrid design could be better but long wing is difficult to carry to Mars, folding them it's an option but with risk... Yep VTOL is essential, simple but not efficient.

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