This Helicopter Is Now On Mars!

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The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity aims to make the first powered flight on another planet when it takes off on Mars. It has now landed and safely checked in with the rover. It should detach and fly within the first 30-60 days of the mission. I learned a lot getting to visit the drone right before it was mounted on the rover at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
How do you fly in 1% of Earth's atmosphere:
Have large rotors (they are 1.2m in diameter) and spin them very fast, around 2500 RPM (5x the speed of a helicopter on Earth).
Plus the aircraft has to be light:
The Mars helicopter weighs in at 1.8kg or around the same as a laptop. Every piece had to be stripped down for weight. Instead of using aerogel for insulation, the craft makes use of CO2 gaps between components. Even aerogel was too heavy!
One of the major challenges is surviving the Martian night:
Temperatures plunge to -80C to -100C so two thirds of the craft's power is actually used to keep its electronics warm. Only one third is used for flying. The estimated flight time is 90 seconds.
The craft can't be driven remotely, it will have to fly autonomously, using its own sensor suite to determine how to fly. The round trip 20 minute delay with Earth means steering the craft from mission control would be impossible.
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Jonny Hyman was a legend in editing, animation, filming, and sound design for this video.

William Peterson
William Peterson 3 órája
I once coached an Odyssey of the Mind team. The record is holding up to 1,000 lbs. using 35 grams of Balsa.
Nature Matters
Nature Matters 4 órája
Its going to fly in less than a week
lord0o 15 órája
So, they are spitting, touching, this device without proper protection to avoid microbial residue on another planet, interfering with future discoveries mixed with our microbia. am I crazy or something to think about this?
Bop 5 órája
That’s not the one that’s actually on Mars
InCrIpTiOn 18 órája
Also note that the speed of sound on Mars is lower than on Earth
Drone Dome FPV
Drone Dome FPV 22 órája
I watched the prop test of this craft a year after this video was uploaded. Epic!
Drone Dome FPV
Drone Dome FPV 22 órája
As a FPV Quadcopter pilot, this gets me all excited & nerded out.
Akaboy4life Napja
Its not first drone Its first Air drone. Dont forget the satalites, the rovers and mini shuttles.
Tabish Sohail
Tabish Sohail Napja
Nobody did it so I had too "MARSCOPTER GO BRRRRRR!!"
Good 😎
Ragnar Ragnarök
Ragnar Ragnarök Napja
How does it cope with the extreme temperatures on Mars?
Tomasz Budnik
Tomasz Budnik Napja
wonder how much cost tax payer that NASA have build bigger version of DJI drone? ;)
Did3D Napja
better way is a cage around cause is it fall on side it finished
Mythili varadhan S r
Mythili varadhan S r Napja
The first flight is going to take place day after tomorrow!!!!
Rhineland Nagel
Rhineland Nagel Napja
Would the speed of sound not be slightly altered if said speed is in a less dense atmosphere ? And would this not alter the speed at which the rotors are able to rotate?
How Does it Really Work
How Does it Really Work Napja
The speed of sound does not depend on pressure, but it does depend on temperature and the elemental composition of gas. It will be -50C on Mars during the flights, and the atmosphere is largely carbon dioxide instead of mostly nitrogen on Earth. People at JPL know all that, and when they talk about the speed of sound, they mean the speed of sound on Mars.
stopasking questions
stopasking questions Napja
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Dirk Steve Napja
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How Does it Really Work
How Does it Really Work Napja
Great video, it was very cool to see and hear the creators of Ingenuity! But I really wish you would not have said that _"on Earth helicopters spin their blades at 500 rpm"_ (to contrast it with how fast Ingenuity's blades spin 1:45). It is indeed a very intuitive thing to say that Ingenuity flies in the thin atmosphere of Mars _"because its blades spin crazy fast"_ but the reality is much more subtle. The helicopters on Earth spin their blades in a very wide range of rpm, depending on the size of the helicopter -- from below 200 rpm for the large full size helicopters, to 8000 rpm for DJI drones. If we compare Ingenuity to the RC helicopters of equal size, we would see much more similar rpm. RC helicopters with the rotors of the same 1.2 meter diameter as ingenuity (550 or 570 class) spin their blades at 2000-2500 rpm and even faster for some aerobatic flying. This does not, of course mean that Ingenuity is just another off-the shelf RC helicopter -- or course it is different in many parameters! But even though it seems counter-intuitive, the rpm is not one of these differences that make it fly on Mars. It would be more meaningful to say that the very wide and specialized rotor blades of Ingenuity could lift it on Earth with just 500 rpm (if it had sufficient torque, strength etc). Then, 2500 rpm on Mars is indeed very fast in comparison.
Interstellar Escape
Interstellar Escape Napja
Wow cool! I have a video of Ingenuity's first rotor spin test on mars live now
Rodrigo Figueroa
Rodrigo Figueroa 2 napja
La wea wena weon o
Geoffr524 2 napja
I had remembered that 71,000 feet above Earth is the same as the lowest spot on Mars?
EventHorizon 2 napja
That’s insane if true. considering that at 71,000 feet there’s almost no air up there anymore, and to come to realization that’s equivalent to the lowest point on Mars? damn, this stuff is so interesting. yeah we definitely cannot go on Mars without protective suits.
Daniele Bianco
Daniele Bianco 2 napja
Felipe Ferrer
Felipe Ferrer 2 napja
if the atmosphere is so thin in Mars there would be no blades sound like the one in the animation, or not?
Felipe Ferrer
Felipe Ferrer Napja
@How Does it Really Work beautiful, thanks!
How Does it Really Work
How Does it Really Work Napja
It is not an animation. It is a test of the actual helicopter in a room where air has been pumped out to create conditions exactly like on Mars. And that was how it sounded.
Mabel Campbell
Mabel Campbell 2 napja
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Attilio Bastos Guarnieri
Attilio Bastos Guarnieri 3 napja
Que sorte a minha. HUpost me presenteou com este vídeo altamente explicativo a respeito de Ingenuity. Desfez minhas dúvidas. Obrigado a toda a equipe do vídeo. Espero agora pelo 12 de Abril. Go !
Donovan Babnik
Donovan Babnik 3 napja
The guy in the red polo is like a nerdy Gronk
MindBlown Watcher
MindBlown Watcher 3 napja
China greatly appreciates all of the new intel from this project😏
Jestronix Handerson
Jestronix Handerson 3 napja
No return to rovers belly at night for food and shelter ?
Martin Tedder
Martin Tedder 3 napja
I love how they committed to hireing scientists from a diverse hight group....
breezelow unknown
breezelow unknown 3 napja
What a liar! The copter is obviously in a lab on earth, NOT on Mars! They think we will believe ANYTHING they say!!
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
On mars now
ı Metr
ı Metr 3 napja
what is purpose of called chinese weight?
ı Metr
ı Metr Napja
@How Does it Really Work thank you for answering
How Does it Really Work
How Does it Really Work Napja
It compensates some of the inertial forces and makes it easier for the servos to move the blades.
Tens 3 napja
This sounds so bs. Just saying... I don't believe it.
Bop 5 órája
What about this is BS?
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
Very soon
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
It about to fly now
Jay Bay
Jay Bay 3 napja
If Gronkowski stayed in school
Mars Hampson
Mars Hampson 4 napja
get it off
Pleyland 4 napja
On the topic of going to Mars the necessity to drink pee rarely comes up
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
Astronauts recycle urine every day with no problem
roundcornerent 4 napja
At least they don't have to worry about flyin the drone in to any trees .
breezelow unknown
breezelow unknown 3 napja
OR power lines.
The Things
The Things 4 napja
You have change the title of the video for more views , in 2019 ''this helicopter'' was not on Mars. Why have you done this ? I think you and your videos are very popular and you don't need this trickery...
FlyingHangman 4 napja
I'm curious as to why they didn't just attach the fishing line, through the pulley, to something 62% the weight of the chopper... surely that means that the amount of weight it has to lift is only 38% of its original weight
Ming Xuan Lee
Ming Xuan Lee 4 napja
Wait, did the title changed?
Royal Thoughts
Royal Thoughts 4 napja
Then why cant they use thrusts instead of fan blades ..
Hubert Marciniak
Hubert Marciniak 4 napja
Thrusters would require a constant supply of fuel. Using rotors that are moved by electric motors ( powered by rechargeable batteries) is much more "fuel" and mass efficient.
Paulo J.
Paulo J. 5 napja
Asians are on this project? How would ppl hate asians on this monumental event
Sammy Spaniel
Sammy Spaniel 5 napja
This video takes on new significance now that the copter is on Mars ready to fly it's first mission.
Blake Evans
Blake Evans 23 órája
Yesterday marks the first public video footage released of the propellers spin test!
Ivan’s Dirt Diaries
Ivan’s Dirt Diaries 5 napja
Plot twist: Ingenuity was deployed yesterday and has survived its first night on the martian surface!!! Exciting times!!
vyom bafna
vyom bafna Napja
The 5 th day
Mimino 01
Mimino 01 6 napja
​It would be interesting to find out if there are any plans to send inflatable Zeppelin to the Mars , they could use Kevlar encased durable balloon and flexible solar panels for power , so is would be easier to observe larger areas
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
Vacuum zeppelins are possible on mars
Lucifer 6 napja
Why are humans spreading their waste onto other planes of existence. You humans are going to get wiped out. The Creator made a mistake by creating you pathetic lifeforms
Lucifer 3 napja
@Thomas farquhar within the darkness of the brain of humans... that beautiful organ they call the pineal gland... that's where you'll find the best dealer...
Thomas farquhar
Thomas farquhar 3 napja
@Lucifer damn these must be some good drugs, where's your dealer
Lucifer 3 napja
@Thomas farquhar no.. trust me.. the new beings that exist amongst you now... we're nothing like you humans that we're generated within this matrix in the last 1000 years... We are the new race of hybrids... We dont like what this world and societies have turned into... We are here to start the New World... 1 that's automated without the flaws and mistakes of humans. Ordo Abchao.
Thomas farquhar
Thomas farquhar 4 napja
Either you got so high you've forgotten what species you're a part of or you need therapy
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 5 napja
@Lucifer You, you are on drugs (or need psychiatric help).
It's all lies
It's all lies 6 napja
Looks like a drone not a helicopter
Le KikooLol
Le KikooLol 6 napja
@Zeen Daniels I mean, nasa call it helicopter so why contradict nasa
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 6 napja
It's both... Actually
Le KikooLol
Le KikooLol 6 napja
still helicopter
Somraj Rao
Somraj Rao 6 napja
The helicopter drone is going to fly on 11 april 2021😍😍
David Burton
David Burton 6 napja
04:15 Wow, CBD did wonders for Gronk.
Тимур Сапаров
Тимур Сапаров 6 napja
And now, few days left till take off. Congratulations to the creators of first helicopter on Mars!
vyom bafna
vyom bafna Napja
Ir might have lift of by today
Minepaper Studio
Minepaper Studio 6 napja
BeActive Behappy
BeActive Behappy 6 napja
Perseverance rover has already found signs of mOre intelligent life on Mars than a flat earth conference.
RS Nekmes
RS Nekmes 6 napja
The Ingenuity on Mars has some really cool spring leg joints that are missing on the Ingenuity shown here.
Jimmy Bond
Jimmy Bond 6 napja
On Mars one year ago ??? 🤣😂🤣
Thomas farquhar
Thomas farquhar 4 napja
@Jimmy Bond the helicopter is on Mars though, not clickbait
Ax Eee
Ax Eee 6 napja
@Jimmy Bond LOL 😂
Jimmy Bond
Jimmy Bond 6 napja
Ahh so it was a lazy click bat attempt !!! 🤣😂🤣
Ax Eee
Ax Eee 6 napja
I think he changed the title.... Use some brain
klr 68
klr 68 7 napja
in its first low level flights wont this kick up so much dust that photography would be impossible, and will the solar panels be affected by the dust
Aled Long
Aled Long 7 napja
Anyone who flies RC helicopters knows this is pseudo scientific fantasy!
Aled Long
Aled Long 5 napja
@Zeen Daniels You needed to hear, denied.
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 5 napja
@Aled Long So you can't. You just needed to say that...
Aled Long
Aled Long 6 napja
@Zeen Daniels Asperger's???
Aled Long
Aled Long 6 napja
@Zeen Daniels Dude??? What are you hiding???
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 6 napja
@Aled Long Dude... Just do the maths of shut up. Your choice.
Bongo Fury
Bongo Fury 7 napja
Ah, to be paid billions to horse around with drones in space......... Nice work, if you can get it.
Bongo Fury
Bongo Fury 7 napja
His sexy collar is his security pass. What’s his sign? “Right on, man....”
Matilde Mai Skousen
Matilde Mai Skousen 7 napja
Is the baldes weight 4x35 g or 2x35 g? (2:57 min)
About Space
About Space 7 napja
Cool! I love watching this, thank you!
BILL POWER 8 napja
They should have contacted Boston Dynamics and put a 2 leg robot on the surface instead of this rubbish.
Nasu 8 napja
Honestly... how f***ing awesome is that?!
ik 8 napja
they could use a spring mechanism (kinetic propultion ) so that its shoots up and take photographs from higher altitude
Naveen Kumar
Naveen Kumar 8 napja
"it's swimming in a think soup" but in that same thick soup we could be able to fly drones and other. could you through some light on it. is it not like a very small, light weighted insect flying.
tonysshadow 8 napja
Amazing! my lifetime. I barely rememberJohn Glenn, then my first real introduction to death when Grissom, White, and Chaffee died in the fire. Now we are FINALLY back in space and not just pussy-footing around.
Chip Diamond
Chip Diamond 8 napja
80 million dollar drone .....
Bobby Vincent
Bobby Vincent 9 napja
15:35 maybe rovers will be the future companions to aircraft
Bobby Vincent
Bobby Vincent 9 napja
Why does this copter look suspiciously like it's going to be playing golf instead of doing work on Mars?
Hubert Marciniak
Hubert Marciniak 4 napja
​@Bobby Vincent I guess humour doesn't always come through in HUpost comments ;) Let's hope the craft will do ok, and Percy will deliver some sick pictures and vids of drone flying!
Bobby Vincent
Bobby Vincent 4 napja
@Hubert Marciniak I was just making a joke about the golf club lookin legs. It's only in the air for like what 90s ....... it does what it does and I'm quite sure it will do a great job and be well worth the trouble of all the work they put in to get it there
Hubert Marciniak
Hubert Marciniak 4 napja
@Bobby Vincent If the craft is light enough, then I suppose it doesn't need big beefy legs. Besides, it won't do any serious work. It's "only" goal is to test if such a drone/helicopter is a viable way of exploring Mars (and take a few pics along the way/test the navigation software). If it succeeds (meaning: it will be able to lift off, control it's flight and land), then it will create a path for future, more advanced crafts.
Bobby Vincent
Bobby Vincent 4 napja
@Hubert Marciniak it's legs look like '5 wood' golf clubs
Hubert Marciniak
Hubert Marciniak 4 napja
What is so suspicious about it?
MOLE 9 napja
This guy has unrestricted access to the entire world
Redem Legaspi
Redem Legaspi 9 napja
Flying a helicopter on Mars proves that an atmosphere is present on the red planet.
Captain Ahab
Captain Ahab 3 napja
~1% atmosphere
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 9 napja
Nothing new, really. The atmosphere of Mars is a fact known for more than a century now.
cris paredes
cris paredes 10 napja
valmont1702 10 napja
Antero PH
Antero PH 10 napja
Sound of helicopter: "Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah" 😂
BILL POWER 11 napja
Worst thing you can send to mars a helicopter.Worst thing contra rotation version for very obvious reasons.
Bop 5 órája
BILL POWER 10 napja
@DarkLight 2.1 My own.
DarkLight 2.1
DarkLight 2.1 10 napja
What video were you watching? LOL
Ethan Bondick
Ethan Bondick 11 napja
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Jack Whitehead 11 napja
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Angusburgerman 12 napja
I saw the title and I knew he had updated it. Nice!
Guralam Bir Singh Jandu
Guralam Bir Singh Jandu 12 napja
Hey why don't they just simply use the the battery of the mars rover at night to keep the mars glider warm and charged at night as that would be attached all night with the mars rover and mars rover could also charge the glider much faster and efficiently... By this they could be able to fly twice the time as normal... This would be as a parent parenting its child 🧐😀
A B 11 napja
Connecting the two vessels would be very difficult
Mac Kettner
Mac Kettner 12 napja
Damn.......... it must have been awe-inspiring standing that close to it and then seeing the images from Mars. ;)
R H 12 napja
I would HATE having to rely on some explosions to flip the helicopter right-side up onto the ground. I know its all calculated by people that actually understand this stuff but still that has to be nerve racking because its not like you can just pick it up...
R H 12 napja
a minute and a half of flight a day if everything goes perfectly.... lol while that's not much it is kind of impressive.
user 2.0
user 2.0 12 napja
to sum-up you guys can guess if NASA dudes make the same efforts to tune a helicopter that works on Earth 😂
Vladimir Harkonnen
Vladimir Harkonnen 13 napja
What happens at the next storm though?
srgadjon 13 napja
Big day for Ingenuity coming up on April 8th.
Josh Lewis
Josh Lewis 14 napja
They talked about the blades staying below the speed of sound, it is different on Mars. However, I don't think the issues of transonic flow will be as drastic with such a thin atmosphere.
How Does it Really Work
How Does it Really Work Napja
They designed it for the parameters of atmosphere on Mars, and when talking about the rotor speed they meant that it was rotating at 0.6 of the speed of sound on Mars. (Which is about 240 m/s)
bigpod 7 napja
sure but why risk it
Cobra 1969
Cobra 1969 14 napja
How is the Earth's magnetic field protecting life on Earth from cosmic radiation in the form of gamma rays if gamma rays are not deflected by magnetic fields?
A B 11 napja
It doesn’t. But the atmosphere does.
TheEnchilada Kid
TheEnchilada Kid 14 napja
This Helicopter Is Now On Mars!? well yes it is now in 2021 but back in 2019 no it wasn't
Le KikooLol
Le KikooLol 10 napja
he updated his title after the landing
Verbal Vertigo
Verbal Vertigo 14 napja
7:45 youre basically programming macro's for the helicopter esentially ? just like you could in a pc game ?
Tyler Bell
Tyler Bell 14 napja
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Tabasco cat
Tabasco cat 15 napja
NASA are Gods-love 'em
Tabasco cat
Tabasco cat 15 napja
Sorry to nit pick, but the first powered flightS on another planet, were the sky cranes.
Raif Marshall
Raif Marshall 15 napja
An F-15 hit 100,000' within 4 minutes of releasing it's brakes on the runway. I think that is still the record.
Jonathan Sullivan
Jonathan Sullivan 14 napja
Idk why, but they're using the cruising altitude. There have been many jet engine aircraft to cross 100,000 feet in a climb.
Saadusmani78 15 napja
I remember seeing this video a long time ago and when i heard of it with perseverance, it reminded me of this video 0:25 I thought 2020 of being such a long time away, and now it is on mars right now. Time flew fast
Marshall Caliph
Marshall Caliph 15 napja
Daw Mi Mi Aung would be very proud of this achievement. All the Burmese are very proud of her achievement. God bless America!
Greg Artley
Greg Artley 15 napja
When I saw all the of thumbs-down I realized there are more neanderthals alive now than 35,000 years ago!
Joanne Howard
Joanne Howard 16 napja
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Adonai Zedek
Adonai Zedek 16 napja
I bet there are civilizations with 1 million years of advancements. I wonder how tbey view us
S.ALTAF 16 napja
Expect the aleins of mars on earth v. soon when they see the rover and this drone on their plant 🙃
codedecode 17 napja
4 words: no it is not
codedecode 14 napja
@Zeen Daniels LMAO whatever you want to believe is fine with me - i mean i'm fine with religious fundamentalists like you. i'm going to go watch some videos of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, they're just as real as NASA helicopters on mars.
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 14 napja
@codedecode So you can't prove your point. That's all you needed to say, I didn't expect any better.
codedecode 14 napja
@Zeen Daniels you actually believe this is real? LOL. like everything else NASA and friends produces, it's just a combination of CGI, and filmmaking/modeling tricks like green screens, and composite video (layers). you must have drank the NASA / Space X kool aid. don't worry, you and your Star Wars friends can keep worshipping at the altar. true believers are adorable.
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 14 napja
@codedecode That's exactly the point. You are saying that it's not, or it's CGI. It's up to you to prove. Can you do it or it'll be just words?
codedecode 15 napja
@Zeen Daniels lmao nice 1 !!! the better question is: can you prove it is? i mean, if we're accepting CGI as proof, then i'm going to prove that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are real.
CanuckTV 17 napja
"It's a good day for fishing aint it, HAHA"
Ryan Belisle
Ryan Belisle 17 napja
There's a piece of the Wright Brothers kittyhawk on ingenuity!
Bic Boi
Bic Boi 17 napja
I wish I could live forever to witness humanities greatest achievements in space :( I wonder how far we'll go...
Mayoorann Jayamohan
Mayoorann Jayamohan 17 napja
Why the hell is he smiling there as if he is high?
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