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Here’s How Perseverance’s Helicopter Sidekick Will Deploy on Mars

1 Jul 2020, 04:08 UTC
Here’s How Perseverance’s Helicopter Sidekick Will Deploy on Mars NASA/JPL-Caltech

When NASA’s new Perseverance Martian rover launches in a little over a month it will have a small robotic stow-away on board.  Ingenuity is a small helicopter, with a fuselage about the size of a softball and two extending rotors that measure about 4 feet across.  It was attached to the bottom of the rover’s chassis in April, and NASA recently released details about it’s technically challenging release process.

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