I wonder if NASA had to get a part 107 license to fly their drone on Mars?
From another post there..It also has a helicopter strap to it. Copied from another of our forums....
The rover also has a helicopter named Ingenuity strapped to its belly that will deploy shortly after a safe landing on the red planet. Will it fly in Atti Mode ? Exciting new technology, flying waypoint, short missions, on Mars.
Wow that's some cool stuff alright ,love the rpmsFrom another post there..
The tech behind this aircraft that must fly in an air density of only 1% that of earth is impressive... There are videos out there showing it flying in a "1% atmosphere with a helper cable to simulate the correct amount of gravity.
Cool stuff... Apparently it is VERY loud with blades going near 300 rpm (compared to about 500 for a normal helicopter)
Guys I missed it but is another thread on this Mars Helicopter
I've seen a simulation somewhere that shows the heli being dropped and the Rover driving away before it takes flight. That would certainly make sense with the amazing cameras that are fitted to the Rover - you wouldn't want them getting dusty.It's going to bury the rover in dust. With less gravity, it should take off like a rocket, compared to the earth test. Maybe the rover will take flight? Lol. The whole operation could be compromised by a crash?
Closer to the top of Mt Everest or K2 instead of Denver. Should be an interesting to follow.It's not gonna take off like a rocket due to low gravity, it's going to have to overcome lack of any air to push. Above post says 1% of earth atmosphere. Kinda like taking off from Denver vs sea level.