NASA's Mars Helicopters: Present, Future, and Proposed

This illustration depicts three different of models of NASA's solar-powered Mars helicopter.

In the upper right is the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, currently operating at Jezero Crater.

Depicted in the foreground is one of two Sample Recovery Helicopters slated to fly to Mars as part of the Mars Sample Return Campaign. NASA is developing the Sample Recovery Helicopters to serve as backups to the agency's Perseverance rover in transporting sample tubes to the Sample Return Lander.

In the upper center of image is the Mars Science Helicopter concept. A proposed follow-on to Ingenuity, the six-rotor Mars Science Helicopter could be used during future Mars missions to serve as an aerial scout and carry between 4.5 and 11 pounds (2 to 5 kilograms) of payload, including science instruments, to study terrain that rovers can't reach.

Copyright(c) 2009- NASA/JPL California Institute of Technology. Multimission Image Processing Lab All rights reserved. U.S. Government sponsorship is acknowledged.

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  • Category: Mars
  • Mission: Mars Helicopter
  • Target: Mars
  • Spacecraft: Ingenuity
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  • Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech