NASA is about to fly their tiny solar powered helicopter drone on Mars.
Here is a preview of that mission: NASA Previews First Flight of Mars Helicopter (Media Briefing)
The helicopter isn't supposed to provide scientific data. It is a technology demonstration to inform future science missions on Mars. The main goal is to achieve flight on another planet in an atmosphere that is 1% of Earth's density.
It is expected to launch its test campaign in early April 2021. The Perseverance rover is currently under way to drop the drone off at a previously selected launching and landing site.
|Operational time||1 to 5 flights within 30 sols|
|Flight time||Up to 90 seconds per flight|
|Maximum range, flight||50 m|
|Maximum range, radio||1,000 m|
|Maximum planned altitude||5 m|
Source: Ingenuity Helicopter: Wikipedia
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SpaceX is launching 60 additional Satellites for their own Starlink Constellation.
The booster is a Block 5 on its 6th flight and will land on a drone ship.
The mission to low earth orbit will launch from SLC 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.
SpaceX will attempt to recover the fairings.
- Payload mass is approximately 15,6 tonnes
- 60 Starlink Satellites
Check your local time of launch at: www.timeanddate.com
Where to watch:
15 minutes before launch: SpaceX Livestream
NASASpaceflight: LIVE: SpaceX Launches 60 Starlink Satellites on Falcon 9
Background information about previous SpaceX launches: Wikipedia
Why SpaceX is Making Starlink - Real Engineering: Youtube
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Useful links to stay up to date on launches:
Spaceflightnow.com: Launch Schedule
Everyday Astronaut: Prelaunch Previews
NASA Spaceflight nasaspacefight.com
Track Starlink satellites: https://satellitemap.space/