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Questions tagged [helicopter]

An aircraft using a vertically mounted rotor to stay in the air, giving it the ability to hoover in contrast to a plane.

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Could a Roton-like SSTO work?

The Roton, developed by Rotary Rocket Company, was an attempt at SSTO using a helicopter rotor for takeoff and landing. This particular concept was cone-shaped with a tip-jet rotor on top and an ...
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How can a Mars helicopter be autonomous if there isn't a Martian GPS?

For a drone to be autonomous, it needs something like a GPS to be able to navigate. If it doesn't have GPS, you'd have to manually control it. Do the orbiters provide something like GPS then? I ...
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NASA's Mars helicopter blade & weight

I've been really interested in NASA's Mars helicopter and have been reading bits of articles on that recently. But I have a few questions I hope people can help me understand — in this article, it ...
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Why not a landing platform with solar cells on the Mars 2020 rover for the helicopter scout?

In May 2018 the Mars Helicopter Scout (MHS) was approved to fly on the Mars 2020 mission. Author: NASA/JPL-Caltec. It's a solar powered helicopter drone with a mass of 1.8 kg and a coaxial rotor ...
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Is Mid-Air Deployment of the Mars Helicopter Feasible?

According to a recent news announcement1, NASA is going to send a small helicopter to Mars for testing purposes. Future landers could carry more of these future rotorcraft [that might] act as ...
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Is there a feasible power supply for a scaled up Mars helicopter

Multiple press sources (eg this one) are reporting the planned experimental helicopter on Mars 2020, which is really cool. It seems this vehicle will only be able to fly for 90 seconds or so on its ...
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Could a helicopter fly on Mars?

Helicopter drones are awesome fun here on earth, but What if... we took one to Mars? This sounds like a good question for Randall Munroe. But I read about a proposal to send a helicopter drone (MHS) ...