Helicopter

Watch NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter ace its historic first flight

Watch NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter ace its historic first flight

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter successfully took off from the surface of the red planet, hovered, and then landed safely again today, the first example of powered, controlled flight on another planet. The historic experiment is the culmination of a wild ride for Ingenuity, tucked against the belly of the Mars Perseverance rover until it was carefully lowered to the planet's surface earlier this month.

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NASA just revealed its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight plans

NASA just revealed its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight plans

NASA has announced its plans regarding the small Ingenuity Mars Helicopter that arrived on the Red Planet with the Perseverance rover. According to the space agency, it plans to power on and deploy the helicopter for the first time sometime after April 8, 2021, marking the first attempt to operate an aircraft on another planet.

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With Perseverance’s successful landing, NASA now has a helicopter on Mars

With Perseverance’s successful landing, NASA now has a helicopter on Mars

After a short, dramatic descent today, NASA's Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars, giving the space agency yet another suite of instruments to explore the Red Planet. As NASA previously revealed, Perseverance is carrying with it an experimental first-of-its-kind machine: Ingenuity, the only helicopter humanity has put on another planet.

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Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters kicks off tests with Flightlab, a flying laboratory

Airbus Helicopters has announced that it has launched its flying laboratory Flightlab for in-flight tests, enabling the company to evaluate new technologies that may eventually make their way to Airbus helicopters and, in the more distant future, eVTOL and fixed-wing aircraft.

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Skyryse self-flying helicopter demos working “air taxi” tech

Skyryse self-flying helicopter demos working “air taxi” tech

Forget self-driving cars and look instead to the skies, where startup Skyryse believes we'll soon be seeing self-flying helicopters. The company has revealed its first autonomous chopper, dubbed Luna, which has successfully completed a full flight - from takeoff, flight, and landing - without a human pilot's hands on the controls.

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This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

This is NASA’s Mars Helicopter: It’s a GO!

Today NASA announced they'd be bringing their Mars Helicopter to Mars, officially. This is not the sort of helicopter you saw circling your house the last time you stole a bunch of diamonds, but the kind that carries payloads. More like a drone than a traditional human-piloted helicopter. In the NASA Mars Helicopter is the future of flight on other worlds - or at least the next step.

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Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus ‘Racer’ helicopter concept has wings and 250MPH cruise speed

Airbus has introduced a new helicopter concept that adds a pair of futuristic wings, enabling it to travel at fast speeds while also providing excellent efficiency and cost. The company calls this new helicopter 'Racer' and says it features an aerodynamic configuration capable of cruise speeds up to 400kmh / 250mph. The concept design was showcased as part of the Clean Sky 2 European research program yesterday, with Airbus explaining that its concept offers the best mixture of sustainability, speed, cost-efficiency, and performance.

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Yamaha Fazer R is a helicopter drone for commercial use

Yamaha Fazer R is a helicopter drone for commercial use

Yamaha has unveiled a pair of new drones for commercial use, the Fazer R and Fazer R G2. The two drones are designed for agricultural and industrial use, including things like taking measurements, surveilling, spraying chemicals, taking photographs, and more. The Fazer R edition is designed specifically for agricultural use, while the Fazer R G2 is more diverse in nature, being useful in a wider array of industries with varying needs. Both drones are designed like helicopters and are operated remotely.

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Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

Airbus to provide Uber with helicopters

CEO Tom Enders from Airbus, the major aircraft manufacturer, has announced that his company will be providing helicopters to Uber. Traditionally when we talk about Uber, we are talking about its car service that allows customers to order up a ride using an app on their smartphones to get where they need to go.

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DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA’s robo-chopper legs sneer at your helipad

DARPA has revealed a new prototype landing gear for helicopters that could drastically improve the already maneuverable aerial vehicles. One of the main handicaps with helicopters is that require a stable, flat surface to land on, something that can be rare to come by in environments where helicopters need to operate most. DARPA's solution is essentially four robotic legs with multiple joints that can easily adapt to landing on angled or even moving surfaces.

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MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

MH-6 Little Bird: the military’s super-fast and small combat helicopter

Big combat aircraft offer big perks, protective armor arguably being at the top of the list. They're not always ideal in certain situations, however, and that's where the military's tiny (relatively speaking) MH-6 Little Bird helicopter comes in.

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Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

Amazon “PrimeAir” to unveil 30-minute delivery by octocopter

If you thought Sunday deliveries from Amazon and the USPS was a visionary idea, you are setting the bar way too low. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos this week revealed plans to Charlie Rose on CBS's 60 Minutes to one day deliver your purchases in 30 minutes or less -- with drones. They're called "octocopters," and they already exist.

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