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Will the Mars 2020 helicopter fly?
NASA is putting a small (2 kg, 1 m) helicopter on the Mars 2020 Rover. It is very much a proof of concept, being designed for 5 short (3 min.) flights and only carrying a camera. But it opens the door to much more ambitious powered flight vehicles on Mars and elsewhere.
Question: Will the JPL Mars Helicopeter Scout mounted on the Mars 2020 rover send back at least one picture taken while flying on Mars, conditional on a flight being attempted?
- The picture must be taken while the helicopter is flying under its own power on Mars.
- The picture must make it back to earth, and be published by NASA.
- This resolves negative if a flight is attempted, but no such picture is obtained.
- This resolves ambiguous if no relevant flight is attempted before 2022.
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