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Hear Ingenuity helicopter team members share the challenges of developing a helicopter to fly in the super-thin Mars atmosphere, and they transport us on Ingenuity's flights through dusty Martian skies.LISTEN NOW

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The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology demonstration to test powered, controlled flight on another world for the first time. It hitched a ride to Mars on the Perseverance rover. Once the rover reached a suitable "airfield" location, it released Ingenuity to the surface so it could perform a series of test flights over a 30-Martian-day experimental window. The helicopter completed its technology demonstration after three successful flights. For the first flight on April 19, 2021, Ingenuity took off, climbed to about 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground, hovered in the air briefly, completed a turn, and then landed. It was a major milestone: the very first powered, controlled flight in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars, and, in fact, the first such flight in any world beyond Earth. After that, the helicopter successfully performed additional experimental flights of incrementally farther distance and greater altitude. With its tech demo complete, Ingenuity transitions to a new operations demonstration phase to explore how future rovers and aerial explorers can work together.

Built to be light and strong enough to stow away under the rover while on the way to Mars, and survive the harsh Martian environment after arriving on the surface. The helicopter weighs less than 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms).

The helicopter was designed to fly for up to 90 seconds, to distances of almost 980 feet (300 meters) at a time and about 10 to 15 feet from the ground. That's no small feat compared to the first 12-second flight of the Wright Brothers' airplane.

We offer discovery flights to find out if this is something you would love doing or as a gift for someone who has always wanted to fly a helicopter. Price includes ground school time and actual air time in Helicopter with you taking controls.

The HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone offers beginners and budget-conscious shoppers an opportunity to get a foot (or maybe just a toe) into the door of the world of drones for a fraction of the cost of brand name drones.

Helicopter drones are unmanned aircraft that operate on the same flight principles as manned helicopters, using spinning rotors to generate lift and thrust. The most common rotor configuration uses a single main rotor, plus a tail rotor that provides counter-torque. Tandem rotor and tiltrotor helicopter UAVs also exist, featuring rotors mounted on rotating engine pods that change angle to provide vertical lift or forward flight.

Single rotor drones may be designed from the ground up or converted from existing manned platforms. The latter may feature the option to switch between piloted or unmanned flight, and in this case may be referred to as Optionally Piloted Vehicles (OPVs).

Due to the size of most rotary wing UAVs, they are typically powered by gasoline or diesel engines. Batteries have a lower energy density than conventional fuels, and the weight of batteries required to provide long flight times would be prohibitive. Micro-sized and nano helicopter UAVs, designed to be carried by a single operator and typically used for short-duration military and battlefield reconnaissance missions, do exist and are battery-powered.

Helicopter drones can carry a wide variety of payloads, including daytime and IR cameras, environmental sensors, LiDAR scanning systems and radio relay equipment, as well as missiles and other offensive capabilities.

Single rotor drones can carry larger payloads and fuel amounts than multirotor UAVs and smaller fixed-wing drones, and thus have greater flight endurance. They are also more efficient at higher speeds.

Due to the VTOL capability of UAS helicopters, they can operate in a wider range of ground conditions than fixed-wing aircraft, which require a certain amount of space to take off and land. This often makes VTOL rotary wing UAVs preferable for maritime operations, inspection and surveillance.

Not everyone wants or needs to spend hundreds of dollars on a drone. Some inexpensive drones are a rewarding gateway to aerial photography, and others are speed demons made to hone your adrenaline-fueled racing skills. After spending 60 hours researching and flying 21 drones under $100, we found that the DJI Tello is the best, most well-rounded drone for the majority of beginners, whether it's to try taking aerial snapshots, zip around an obstacle course, or practice before piloting a more expensive drone.

While researching this guide, we scoured sites such as Amazon and Banggood for popular drones and racing flags. We also consulted existing drone-buying guides and interviewed three experts: Marque Cornblatt, CEO of Aerial Sports League; Brandon Reinert, who sells drones at the Midwestern hobby store Hub Hobby; and Sean Wendland, a drone pilot who runs the drone think tank Flight Club. We also enlisted the help of drone pilots Chris Spangler and Simon Cheng and Megan Proulx to select which racing flags to test.

A good photography drone generally costs $1,000 or more, but if you want just the excitement of flying, you can buy a drone with a low-quality camera (or none at all) that is focused on fast and fun flight for less than $100.

Be aware that the drone industry is changing rapidly. Top-selling drones in the under-$100 category come and go within months as models with new and cheaper technology take their place. And knockoffs are rampant, so unless you stick with an established, reputable brand, customer service is likely to be poor or nonexistent.

We read forum posts and existing guides on websites such as Mashable and CNET and scoured Amazon and Banggood for owner reviews to find the most promising drones currently available. We also asked experts about the most important features to look for in an inexpensive drone. We found scores of drones available for less than $100, but we concentrated on models that combined ease of flight with agility and speed.

In addition to recording flight times, we considered how simple and fun it felt to fly each drone. I am a moderately experienced drone pilot, so we had a complete beginner give it a go as well. We timed how long the setup took, tested any special flight modes and autonomous functions, and dropped the drones from a height of around 20 feet onto concrete to test their sturdiness.

For our most recent round of testing in late 2020, we tested the Snaptain SP650. In 2019, we tested nine top-rated drones against our top pick: the DJI Tello. That group included the Air Hogs Supernova, the Eachine E013, the Eachine E61, the Force1 Scoot, the Hubsan H216A, the Hubsan X4 H107C and H107D, the Propel Star Wars Quadcopter: X-Wing, and the Snaptain S5C.

During a round of testing in late 2018, we compared the Tello, Parrot Mambo Fly, and Eachine E58 with the Parrot Swing, which was our previous top pick. During our initial assessments in 2017, we tested an additional nine drones.

In 2018, we spent an additional 40 hours of research and testing on finding the best accessories for drones. We tested five racing gates and flags to find the most stable and durable options so that anyone who wanted to practice agility and improve their pilot skills could create an endless number of courses and obstacles.

Like a drone, SureFly is designed to be easy to fly, using fly-by-wire systems and a center-mounted joystick control. Unlike a helicopter with long rotor blades, the SureFly is not designed to auto-rotate in an emergency. However, there is a ballistic parachute designed to bring the whole aircraft (and passengers) to a safe landing when deployed above 100 feet.

Based on certification and financial challenges, the new hybrid helicopter will probably not reach the market until 2021. But as befits true dreamers, Workhorse is already taking pre-orders for SureFly at

The Internet is going wild for Tacocopter, perhaps the next great startup out of Silicon Valley, which boasts a business plan that combines four of the most prominent touchstones of modern America: tacos, helicopters, robots and laziness.

Indeed, the concept behind Tacocopter is very simple, and very American: You order tacos on your smartphone and also beam in your GPS location information. Your order -- and your location -- are transmitted to an unmanned drone helicopter (grounded, near the kitchen where the tacos are made), and the tacocopter is then sent out with your food to find you and deliver your tacos to wherever you're standing.

"Current U.S. FAA regulations prevent ... using UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, like drones] for commercial purposes at the moment," Simpson said over Gchat. "Honestly I think it's not totally unreasonable to regulate something as potentially dangerous as having flying robots slinging tacos over people's heads ... [O]n the other hand, it's a little bit ironic that that's the case in a country where you can be killed by drone with no judicial review."

"[Q]uadcopter or drone delivery would affect how we operate in ways we don't quite even have the ability to explore at this time," Simpson said. Deployment of drones in restaurants as waiters and waitresses, and delivery to locations previously unreachable -- say you want a taco while you're sitting on the beach, for example -- are two possible use cases; the speed with which a fleet of helicopters could distribute a package as compared to delivery drivers makes the Tacocopter, and the commercial use of drones, an intriguing prospect.

So, there you have it: The U.S. government is single-handedly preventing you from ordering a taco and having it delivered to you by a totally sweet pilot-less helicopter. So get out your pitchforks, sign those petitions, start calling your local lawmakers, and let them know: We want our tacos hurled at us by giant buzzing robotic helicopters, and we want them now. 041b061a72


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