This Helicopter Just Flew On Mars!

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The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity aims to make the first powered flight on another planet when it takes off on Mars. It has now landed and safely checked in with the rover. It should detach and fly within the first 30-60 days of the mission. I learned a lot getting to visit the drone right before it was mounted on the rover at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
How do you fly in 1% of Earth's atmosphere:
Have large rotors (they are 1.2m in diameter) and spin them very fast, around 2500 RPM (5x the speed of a helicopter on Earth).
Plus the aircraft has to be light:
The Mars helicopter weighs in at 1.8kg or around the same as a laptop. Every piece had to be stripped down for weight. Instead of using aerogel for insulation, the craft makes use of CO2 gaps between components. Even aerogel was too heavy!
One of the major challenges is surviving the Martian night:
Temperatures plunge to -80C to -100C so two thirds of the craft's power is actually used to keep its electronics warm. Only one third is used for flying. The estimated flight time is 90 seconds.
The craft can't be driven remotely, it will have to fly autonomously, using its own sensor suite to determine how to fly. The round trip 20 minute delay with Earth means steering the craft from mission control would be impossible.
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Just A. Name
Just A. Name 36 minuter sedan
Why is NASA at Devon Island?
Jason Dohery
Jason Dohery Timme sedan
707.7 millibars is equivalent to 10/000 feet. that is what was told in science magazines I read from the 1960 to 1974, now they are trying to tell us different from the probes sent way before.
Gabriel Mendoza22
Gabriel Mendoza22 3 timmar sedan
We all know why we are here
Innerspace Race
Innerspace Race 3 timmar sedan
Yo mama just flew on Mars
SUPER COOL GAMER 3 timmar sedan
Why the fk this one year old video got recommended right after the helicopers flight????
Cory Springer
Cory Springer 3 timmar sedan
regarding 5:15 what fishing line did they end up choosing??? My dad and I made a bet...
Arun S A
Arun S A 4 timmar sedan
It's a historical moment. Thank you sir for giving this video.
hisenberg 5 timmar sedan
Legend s knows he changed the title
Twilight reads !
Twilight reads ! 5 timmar sedan
AdustoJake 7 timmar sedan
Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows 7 timmar sedan
April 19, 2021 - This Helicopter Just Flew On Mars!
Richard Detsch
Richard Detsch 7 timmar sedan
How high and fast will it fly
Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows 6 timmar sedan
It's really only a demonstrator at this stage. Sort of like a stripped down beer can as opposed to say, an Apache. It will have only a limited number of planned missions, mostly testing the autonomous navigation system. Low and slow, to answer your actual question, and not very far, either - the total flight time is 90 seconds for each hop.
Jack L
Jack L 7 timmar sedan
First comment of the Flight Era of this video!!!!!
RockinRowl Gaming
RockinRowl Gaming 8 timmar sedan
I'm from the future, edit the title again. This Helicopter flew 10km on Mars.
Nayeem Sharif
Nayeem Sharif 11 timmar sedan
It flew 🎉🎉🎉👏👏
Ilham H
Ilham H 11 timmar sedan
Graawedj !
SmishSmish 11 timmar sedan
Will they be able to use the helicopter to dust of the rover, if it ever gets to much dust on the solars?
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 8 timmar sedan
Perseverance doesn't have solar panels, it's nuclear powered.
pantha 11 timmar sedan
90s? what a joke.
Peter Andersson
Peter Andersson 12 timmar sedan
Congratulations to MiMi Aung and her team at JPL: such a fantastic achievement!
Buff Weeb
Buff Weeb 12 timmar sedan
Veritasium: I’m about to do what’s called a pro gamer move *proccedes to change title*
Friday Californiaa
Friday Californiaa 12 timmar sedan
Great job, JPL =)
blazing curent
blazing curent 12 timmar sedan
Sneaky title vhang well done
Milan Boons
Milan Boons 13 timmar sedan
The title changed from now on Mars to flew on Mars
brianuuuSonic Reborn
brianuuuSonic Reborn 13 timmar sedan
How many times is he gonna rename this video every time Ingenuity does something? lol
norweeg 13 timmar sedan
I’m here to see the title change again for today. 😊
Steve Lowe
Steve Lowe 13 timmar sedan
40 years ago at the age of 19 ish, I was building complex radio controlled model helicopters. Many people told me to grow up ,and stop playing with toys! like a pratt I listened; What an amazing achievement in tec
Introvert Airways
Introvert Airways 13 timmar sedan
Ingenuity has now successfully flown on Mars! Congrats NASA!
irateinwit 13 timmar sedan
who is here NOW
John Wood
John Wood 14 timmar sedan
90 seconds? They should get a good view of the rover. :(
LordofWolves 14 timmar sedan
Love the name change
「CELLO KID」 14 timmar sedan
Title update. Mad respect
A3Kr0n 14 timmar sedan
I'm sitting wondering how I could watch this years ago but it only flew the other day? I feel a phase shift in my time continuum. Also, the first thing I do with my drones is crash them just to get that out of the way.
Kevin Luo
Kevin Luo 15 timmar sedan
Time to change the title... Ah beat me to it!
Easton James
Easton James 16 timmar sedan
Just came here after ingenuity successfully took flight on Mars 🙌
awpdog 16 timmar sedan
Did Derek just edited the title? Yes he did
Binaya Kumar Naik
Binaya Kumar Naik 16 timmar sedan
This babe flew❤️❤️
ngwoo 16 timmar sedan
JET PROPULSION lab built a craft that flies using lift from rotors instead of jet propulsion? FRAUDS!
John Jay
John Jay 15 timmar sedan
Since pretty much everything they do uses rockets, their name hasn't been accurate for a long time.
Luke Kozlowski
Luke Kozlowski 16 timmar sedan
Thank you for spreading your love and enthusiasm for STEM!!!
Saptarshi Sarkar
Saptarshi Sarkar 17 timmar sedan
It flew!
Andrew Parker
Andrew Parker 17 timmar sedan
Who’s here after Ingenuity made its first flight on Mars?
Ecpeze 17 timmar sedan
Finally happened
William Jones
William Jones 17 timmar sedan
It has been done!!!
Dr. Ashutosh Mathur
Dr. Ashutosh Mathur 17 timmar sedan
Time to edit the title again
Tejaansh 14 timmar sedan
​@Veritasium That was quick, came here to see whether anything changed. Neat !
Andrew Parker
Andrew Parker 17 timmar sedan
@Veritasium AHAHAHAHA!!
Veritasium 17 timmar sedan
Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat 18 timmar sedan
Today it actually flew on mars. What an achievement.
Lars Birkemose
Lars Birkemose 18 timmar sedan
From this we learned, that Apu really isn't portraying Indians as a stereotype. They really do sound like that!
Guillermo Laporta
Guillermo Laporta 18 timmar sedan
And today is flying on Mars! CONGRATULATIONS
Unbekannt Unbekannt
Unbekannt Unbekannt 19 timmar sedan
NASA Lies! Dont believe them. They was never on the moon or on the mars. Do your own research.
Zeen Daniels
Zeen Daniels 8 timmar sedan
- Sock puppet account. Check - Stupid account name. Check - Repeat the same lame lines. Check Congratulations... You'll conspiracy priest will be proud. And keep punching the air... It's amusing.
DarkLight 2.1
DarkLight 2.1 12 timmar sedan
"They was never on the moon or on the mars." From the genius who literally created an account today just to post something that stupid. Congratulations, you are the King of Fail.
Tejaansh 14 timmar sedan
Shut up you fool. Stay delusioned.
Bong Ordaneza
Bong Ordaneza 19 timmar sedan
Bong Ordaneza
Bong Ordaneza 19 timmar sedan
Time to edit the title again Derek! Mission was a success!
danceswithdirt 14 timmar sedan
The title is now "This Helicopter Just Flew On Mars!" so apparently he did update between your comment and this one.
Bibhas Acharya
Bibhas Acharya 19 timmar sedan
Congrats guys! Yay!!
phantom sword
phantom sword 19 timmar sedan
Now the title would be this helicopter flew on Mars
Shreyash •Kris SIMP
Shreyash •Kris SIMP 19 timmar sedan
Who's here after successful flight of ingenuity....hoorayy
Kris Sicari
Kris Sicari 19 timmar sedan
reedrick 19 timmar sedan
In here after the successful flight!! Kudos to NASA
Theharshbardhan Kumar
Theharshbardhan Kumar 19 timmar sedan
Who has come here after this helicopter lands successfully on the mars.
muhammadbiz mrthq
muhammadbiz mrthq 19 timmar sedan
muhammadbiz mrthq
muhammadbiz mrthq 19 timmar sedan
Do you have the almanac? I repeat, do you have the almanac?
Bibhas Acharya
Bibhas Acharya 19 timmar sedan
Do you have the almanac? I repeat, do you have the almanac?
muhammadbiz mrthq
muhammadbiz mrthq 19 timmar sedan
Lieutenant Nomad
Lieutenant Nomad 19 timmar sedan
And now, it successfully flew.
PimpSkittelz 19 timmar sedan
This helicopter also just flew on Mars!
James Son
James Son 20 timmar sedan
I'm here because of it's first flight on Mars.
Stream Town
Stream Town 20 timmar sedan
It happened ladies and gentlemen!
Ketan Lambat
Ketan Lambat 20 timmar sedan
And this helicopter takes its first flight on Mars
Patrik Andersson
Patrik Andersson 20 timmar sedan
First flight is successul! Time to update the title!!!
Nathan C
Nathan C 20 timmar sedan
It has just lifted off 3m! Well done to all!! 19/04/21
Andreu Tormos
Andreu Tormos 20 timmar sedan
And they did it! This helicopter has now flown on Mars!! :)
Mohnish Magesh
Mohnish Magesh 20 timmar sedan
Who is here after NASA announced that they just flew with the drone on Mars ?
Mobius 20 timmar sedan
Time to change the title to "This helicopter has flown on Mars!"
NICTATOR 5 timmar sedan
What was the title beforehand?
Indeterminite 11 timmar sedan
I find your title better than what they put on there
Valery0p 5
Valery0p 5 14 timmar sedan
Done :^'
Alberto Segovia
Alberto Segovia 21 timme sedan
And that thing just had its first flight on Mars. It's just amazing.
Nico2020 21 timme sedan
It worked, just took its first flight
loly_YT 21 timme sedan
Title correction: It just flew on Mars.
uday sharda
uday sharda 21 timme sedan
Ingenuity successfully flew today.
lepermunna 21 timme sedan
"This Helicopter Has Flown On Mars!"
A Nobbit
A Nobbit 21 timme sedan
Based col. Thynne
Based col. Thynne 21 timme sedan
Jaroslav Staněk
Jaroslav Staněk 21 timme sedan
It worked!
Am_Yeff 21 timme sedan
It flew!
Memes from Dema
Memes from Dema 22 timmar sedan
Today’s the day!
JackyVivid Dag sedan
Today it will fly after software update
Premsaroj Bhansali
Premsaroj Bhansali Dag sedan
Nicely explained.
BedeyBoy Dag sedan
This drone is going to achieve the first powered flight on another planet in 4 hours and 8 minutes!
Juan Carrillo
Juan Carrillo Dag sedan
Dodd Rougeau
Dodd Rougeau Dag sedan
0.095 swimming in an empty pool... go ahead flail your arms as much as you like. Flap them as fast as you can, you ain't gettin any lift with a near vacuum environment...night time environment temps are -300C +/-40. Nothing is moving...even on a fake ass mars...
DarkLight 2.1
DarkLight 2.1 17 timmar sedan
"go ahead flail your arms as much as you like" Aha, now we know why the flat earth air force never got off the ground..
John Jay
John Jay 20 timmar sedan
Fortunately aerospace engineers actually calculate the lift before declaring it "impossible".
RC Lover san
RC Lover san Dag sedan
If you'd like to build your own remote controlled version of Ingenuity, please take a look at my instructions on Instructables website.
Lilia Tarlev
Lilia Tarlev Dag sedan
Hey did you know NASA managed to get a part of the Wright brotherses plane and put it on ingenuity
DarkLight 2.1
DarkLight 2.1 2 dagar sedan
The latest try at a full speed spin up was successful. They are shooting for first flight on 4/19. 2 dagar sedan
how does it find a safe spot to land after flight?
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i like how you can see this woman is so into her work and her thinking is so fast that you can literally see her trying to say the words before she has even said them. i don't see many people thinking this smart around me. wish i could be in a more high paced learning environmenty
David Elm
David Elm 4 dagar sedan
I imagine even with the heating they did, they used a low temperature battery. I wonder how that technology differs from standard battery technology.
Fraser Wilson
Fraser Wilson 4 dagar sedan
It sounds like a 1960s f1 car
m ofi
m ofi 4 dagar sedan
the former soviet company Kamow is using that rotor design for more than 70 YEARS!! ...
Aathik Adam
Aathik Adam 4 dagar sedan
P V 5 dagar sedan
Chytrá paní doktorka z rodu Inků je milá. Doufám, že po ni nepožadovali, že za to, že vrtulník vystřelí na Mars, musí zaplnit montážní místnost Ingenuity v JPL zlatem až po svou hlavu. Jinak asi cena projektu vyjádřená zlatými cihlami by postavila pořádnou zeď. Dalo by se to lehce vypočítat.
Tolis Den Paei Kala
Tolis Den Paei Kala 5 dagar sedan
To this day it failed to fly well........bumer
_bin_wave_lab_ _l_e._
_bin_wave_lab_ _l_e._ 6 dagar sedan
Aerodynamically interesting wingslett near the rotor
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan 6 dagar sedan
This didnt age well lol. They could have asked us racing and fpv drone builders for advice , we coulda sent a sortie of drones doing the same thing in the space of that......THING
Mark Alexander
Mark Alexander 6 dagar sedan
but i thought mars didnt have air, how can it fly?????
Dale Sajdak
Dale Sajdak 5 dagar sedan
@Mark Alexander Mars has an atmosphere, it’s just a lot thinner.
Mark Alexander
Mark Alexander 5 dagar sedan
@DarkLight 2.1 oh i get it mars is in area 51 right?
DarkLight 2.1
DarkLight 2.1 5 dagar sedan
Mars has an atmosphere.
Michael Mancini
Michael Mancini 6 dagar sedan
Don't anyone ever say to me, that there no such thing as American Exceptionalism , what would you call this??
John Jay
John Jay 20 timmar sedan
Well okay, but this was actually an international effort.
Jae Choi
Jae Choi 6 dagar sedan
Why did they do the complex pulley system to offset the weight instead of taking the batteries out and reducing the weight that way? Is there something I am missing? Maybe they want to test the entire system without any hardware modifications I suppose?
Publius2k4 6 dagar sedan
This will not be the first powered flight. Technically, the sky cranes that lowered the rivers safety to the ground in the last few rover missions have been the first powered flights on other planets.
John Jay
John Jay 12 timmar sedan
@Publius2k4 Good for you. That takes some determination and courage. I also ended up changing career directions, and it eventually led me to aerospace engineering, but the work I do is much less interesting than working for JPL.
Publius2k4 13 timmar sedan
@John Jay We could all play that game. I would have loved to study aeronautics and be working for SpaceX right now, but I had to pick a career trajectory at 19, before I was even old enough to buy alcohol. Imagine my horror when I found myself at 30 in a career I hated and student loan debt that I will never be able to pay back completely. So what did I do to remedy this? Back to school for a masters degree and a mid-life career change. And the cycle continues.
John Jay
John Jay 14 timmar sedan
@Publius2k4 I can't really pick a coolest part. Seeing "almost live" video from Mars is pretty cool too. If I had defied my mother's wishes and moved to California, I might have ended up at JPL and be one of the "old men" designing this mission. Oh well.
Publius2k4 14 timmar sedan
@John Jay Right. Jet engines and rocket engines both require oxygen for combustion. Jets derive the oxygen from the atmosphere, whereas rockets typically bring the oxygen with them.... of course that’s assuming a petroleum based rocket fuel. Other chemical reactions can also be utilized for rocket propulsion. Ion based propulsion in various spacecraft is probably the coolest form of propulsion that I think is currently used. But Perseverance’s battery is the coolest part of this entire mission, in my opinion. It’s nuclear, so there’s no need to worry about solar panels getting covered in dust.
John Jay
John Jay 14 timmar sedan
@Publius2k4 "If the video had claimed that the helicopter was the first controlled aircraft to achieve flight using aerodynamics to create lift, it would have been accurate." And thus my first comment, wherein I said what (I think) they really meant was first powered aircraft. I mean obviously they know about the other landers and the sky crane, so I think it's pretty obvious they mean the first powered flight using an airfoil. Which, by the way is the way they phrased it today at JPL when the helicopter made its first flight. Rockets and turbine jets only use the same fuel in the sense that a form of kerosene can (but don't have to be) used in both. Plenty of rockets use fuel that isn't even derived from the same sources as jet fuel. But that wasn't my point. My point was that rockets don't require an atmosphere, whereas aircraft (and jet engines) do, so the sky crane isn't really an aircraft. This is getting really pedantic. I'm just letting it go. Good catch on the screen names. I had forgotten who Publius was in U.S. history.
moslondon 6 dagar sedan
No it is not ....
Joshy Greenaway
Joshy Greenaway 7 dagar sedan
NO, Its in ur hand
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Annette Hall 7 dagar sedan
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