NASA’s helicopter made history as the first powered vehicle to fly on another planet, and the space agency is currently looking to design the second helicopter as it aims to be bigger and better, and robotics scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been drawing what they call the Mars Science Helicopter (MSH), a helicopter A hexagon weighing 66 pounds is capable of collecting samples from the Red Planet.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, unlike the current Mars helicopter Ingenuity, the MSH will carry and deploy scientific payloads and will be given its own formation on Mars to explore the signs of ancient life.
NASA can deploy the hexagonal chopper in Mawrth Vallis, a 3.5 billion-year-old water flow channel that was once home to flowing rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Air mobility gives reach, range, and accuracy, and can reach places that a wheeled vehicle cannot reach.
It is also possible to travel kilometers every day by this helicopter, and depending on the altitude you are flying to, the accuracy you want can be obtained using the tools available.
NASA believes that MSH will map subsurface water ice over large areas, along with rock sample collection. Landscapes in and around the crater indicate oceanic or glacial activity, which supports the spread of surface ice and the helicopter will be instrumental in its exploration.