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(Some Guy)   Mars about to have a 'Wright Brothers moment' with NASA's Mars helicopter   ( divider line
    More: Cool, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mars Exploration Rover, NASA, Mars Science Laboratory, fifth robotic rover NASA, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, small helicopter  
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2020-06-23 11:41:35 AM  
Well it should fly at least once - landing and flying again will be the trick.
2020-06-23 2:00:40 PM  

Merltech: Well it should fly at least once - landing and flying again will be the trick.

According to wiki, the Wright brothers didn't manage that their first try.  Took a couple of days to repair.

Day 2, they managed 4 flights.  The last landing seriously broke the plane (according to wiki, while the landing was bad, the wind decided to play with it more and that is what permanently grounded the Flyer).

/you try flying with 10s of minutes of lag
2020-06-23 2:24:28 PM  
I was lucky enough to be at Goddard, "in the room" (Thanks Dad!) when Pathfinder made it Mars on July 4th really was just like the movies when they established signal with the rover after touchdown
2020-06-23 2:57:35 PM  
Sounds like they went real lack luster on it's imaging capabilities. Only two cameras, and one of them black and white. Ugh.
2020-06-23 4:52:28 PM  

Merltech: Well it should fly at least once - landing and flying again will be the trick.

"Most men flying seem to understand
That a man technically hasn't flown 'til he lands
If you're coming into land and you crash and die
All you really did for sure was get too high" - Todd Snider
2020-06-23 9:22:34 PM  
FTA: "About 20 years ago, it couldn't have been possible, really, because of the math," said Ms. Aung who was a deputy manager of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's autonomous systems division before joining the Mars project.

Yeah, we did not have math back then, kids today have no idea what it was like.

/yeah, I know what he meant.
2020-06-23 10:10:44 PM  
They should do small helium or hydrogen ballons, would last a lot longer and cruise low over the landscape...put a nice high def camera there...
2020-06-23 10:33:50 PM  
It'll just get stuck in a tree.
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