China’s National Aerospace Center announced that it has created a prototype of a small helicopter, which will carry out reconnaissance work on future trips to Mars, following the historic landing of a robotic probe on the surface of the planet. red planet a few months ago.
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According to Reuters, the miniature model in its shape resembles the “Ingenuity” robotic helicopter, which was developed by the US Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) for the flight of its spacecraft “Perseverance” that it is organizing this year, according to “Reuters”.
The center said that the helicopter will be a tool to follow China’s space explorations on Mars, but gave no further details.
China landed a probe on Mars in May in its first mission to the planet, becoming the second country after the United States to do so, and NASA’s Perseverance spacecraft landed on the planet in February.
The Ingenuity helicopter made its maiden flight from a NASA craft in April and flew three meters above the surface in the first successful human development of an out-of-range aircraft. planet earth.