NASA's Mars helicopter testing enters final phase

Updated: few hours ago

Washington, Jun 10 (PTI) NASA's Mars Helicopter -- first vehicle in history that will attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet -- has successfully passed key tests, the US space agency said.

"Nobody's built a Mars Helicopter before, so we are continuously entering new territory," said MiMi Aung, project manager for the Mars Helicopter at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US.

"Our flight model -- the actual vehicle that will travel to Mars -- has recently passed several important tests," said Aung.

In January this year the team had operated the flight model in a simulated Martian environment.