This Helicopter Just Flew On Mars!
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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Jonny Hyman was a legend in editing, animation, filming, and sound design for this video.

  • Ericsaw 1711
    Ericsaw 1711

    ISnets's algorithm is just perfect 👍

  • K J
    K J

    "This just flew on mars" 1 year ago......

  • Leo Ma
    Leo Ma

    Aerospace engineers at NASA: "BAAAAAAAAHHH"


    The title is changed now!!!

  • Emtiasur Rahman
    Emtiasur Rahman


  • Google User
    Google User

    3:25 This girl was the one who made that speech afterwards.

  • Jawad Hazrat
    Jawad Hazrat

    What is the functions of those spikes? Just curious.

  • NewMusicWeekly

    Seeing it next to people for the first time, it's more than twice as big as I assumed.

  • Dwayne Kight
    Dwayne Kight

    very kool fact...............there is a small piece of the wright brothers airplane tucked inside the helicopter

  • Piotr Krawczyk
    Piotr Krawczyk

    Again title change time, now it flew TWICE!

  • Jake Russell
    Jake Russell

    1 year ago? What was the title before?

  • Ba2siK

    Thanks for keeping the title up to date :)

  • Michael

    I wish youtube tells you when title’s been edited cause I freaked out and thought the actual first helicopter flight on mars was a year ago and I missed it

  • D J
    D J

    No WAY! I can't even get cell service on this planet! Besides a $3.5 Billion Dollar drone? And for what? Someone's hobby? What a gross waste of tax payers money.

  • Evan Sargent
    Evan Sargent

    Got to admit the drone motor and blades aren't all that special. The race drones i fly use plastic props and the motors spin around 40,000 RPM sooo why go so expensive for the props and with drones 2,500 RPM isnt fast at all. Even R/C helicopters that use plastic props and have collective pitch spin around 8,000 RPM.

    • That guy from next door
      That guy from next door

      Links on those race drones?

  • Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast
    Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast


  • Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast
    Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast


  • Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast
    Enchanted LifePath Truth Podcast


  • glenn kwong
    glenn kwong

    Congradulation to heli team/ teams. Well done.I am very fascinated with this new techology. Can you guys cut the price tag from $85 million down to ???? Thanks

  • Marco Antonio
    Marco Antonio

    What amazing folks

  • DFly FPV
    DFly FPV

    Lemme try this one on earth pls!

  • yeah?

    6 months later Scientist 1: Is it just me or the rover and helicopter are like moving on their own Scientist 2: Naah they're just flirting on each other

  • Jeff Nielsen
    Jeff Nielsen

    I always like to see interviews of very smart people who are in very important positions. They are always so cool and down to Earth. You know what I mean.

  • akash rajput
    akash rajput

    Has to be an indian guy in there

  • Zaw Htet Aung
    Zaw Htet Aung

    People in Myanmar are going crazy because Mi Mi Aung, the chief engineer, is Burmese. Even with all the violence going on in the country, people celebrated to her achievement.

  • vales74

    sumamente util saber q se puede volar 1.5min en Marte, ara tomarse encuesta la próxima vez que vayamos a dar un paseo x ahi,

  • ValensBellator

    What on earth do they use to lubricate those rotors enough to pull off 2500+ RPM?? That’s amazing!

  • Liam Byrne
    Liam Byrne

    Thought he released a new video, but i think he just renamed the video lol. nice one

  • eSnapeye

    No one: Derek: changes video title to fit current update

  • Antonio Alvarez
    Antonio Alvarez

    Is this drone going to fly over the Face on Mars and the surrounding area ???

  • Shubham Agrawal
    Shubham Agrawal

    He is just ahead of general media. First the mars rover, then the black hole picture!!

  • Jeremy Theimer
    Jeremy Theimer

    this aged like fine wine.

    • Jeremy Theimer
      Jeremy Theimer

      @daily yew ik he did, but the video is great. I saw it the moment it came out actually

    • daily yew
      daily yew

      He edited the title if your wondering

  • 5AMM0608

    3 title updates

  • prescod

    Very confusing to have the new title and the old date together!

  • Suar Suar
    Suar Suar

    After ingenuity helicopter first flight.... 😘 🌌🌌🌌🚀🚀🚀


    Thank you

  • Gaurav Kumar
    Gaurav Kumar

    Derek is ahead of time .... I mean, always!!!

  • Freedom is not free
    Freedom is not free

    it cost 85million dollars! so expensive

  • Jake Streatfield
    Jake Streatfield

    So you’re telling me that’s not Elon musk?

  • Tejas SP
    Tejas SP

    Howard! was that you??

  • shruthi srikumar
    shruthi srikumar

    He just updated the titel

  • Afonso Santos
    Afonso Santos

    Next challenge: fly a helicopter into a cave on Mars...

  • Owen Mayer
    Owen Mayer

    It worked!

  • no taboos
    no taboos

    I suppose Mars is flat; just like Earth.

  • Peter Türr
    Peter Türr

    Through this use with a thinner gas envelope, a few more laypeople can finally imagine why a kind of similar helicopter device can easily cope with the 10,000 m mark with work tasks. Greetings Peter Türr

  • Peter Türr
    Peter Türr

    Hello Mr. Ask how many grams or milli grams the individual flukes were weighed in zone intervals. Before balancing. This means that the excess lever rocker was weighed with very fine scales at precisely defined intervals. Of course always on the side that rests downwards. And thus the individual zones are absolutely identical. All of them. Only in this way can the actual balancing be carried out afterwards. The experts know exactly what I mean by that. It is about any later vibrations that can then no longer be corrected. In order to avoid that the device dismantles itself due to interference during this long period of use. So the tilting weighing is the basis for a long service life. Greetings Peter Türr

  • Tom Oakhill
    Tom Oakhill

    Good title update.

  • the glitch finder
    the glitch finder

    Edit title

  • ankur guptas
    ankur guptas

    Who is came after successful mars helicopter first control flight

  • datKom.Mentaryo

    that i am here for the actually flight f drawn mars 2021.

  • Joe Kendrick
    Joe Kendrick

    Here in 2021!

  • uncle buck
    uncle buck

    Sneaky title change


    All this worry about HEAT/COLD. All you need is a Peltier or A small electric inexpensive coil heater. They have been worried about these COLD temps for 40 plus years. Stop thinking so much and get some off the shelf heating devices and tweak them. Hire 20 High School geeks and throw then $40 an hour and give big bonuses for least weeks, days etc. A LOT CHEAPER than a lot of useless $300K "scientists". Or even better is make these Rovers powered by nuclear heat. Get no more than 3-4 grams of plutonium and scale down the size and mass, SOLVED! Now rover can go faster and make them able to rove around for DECADES!!

    • John Jay
      John Jay

      Well then you'll be happy to know that the rover has 10 pounds of plutonium dioxide onboard providing heat and power.



  • proage pro
    proage pro

    thank god it flew

    • proage pro
      proage pro

      @uncle buck i agree i don't believe as well i just wanted to express that i was glad that it flew

    • uncle buck
      uncle buck

      Thank the engineers, a god had no play in this.

  • Tim H
    Tim H

    If the helicopter tips over does it have the capability to right itself back to its feet? Or is the mission over?

    • uncle buck
      uncle buck

      The rover could do it I suppose

  • Aiden McCrillis
    Aiden McCrillis

    bro it already flew post-covid

  • Atharva Kulkarni
    Atharva Kulkarni

    Is this ingenuity helicopter?

    • Zeen Daniels
      Zeen Daniels


  • Rene' Meyer
    Rene' Meyer

    This is excellent , especially just after seeing it fly for the first time on Mars! Wonderful stuff!

  • Antonio Ferreira
    Antonio Ferreira

    I love how the title of this video keeps getting updated.

  • Osh

    Am I the only one here in the comments who didn't know Mars has a local time 13:29 👁👄👁

  • tj _
    tj _

    i love the title update

  • Amal Dev U
    Amal Dev U

    And it now really flew on mars

  • Deeshnu

    And yes!

  • Anton Voy
    Anton Voy

    but you are comparing a big heli, with a small model.. you need to compare it to a toy, or a professional big drone here on earth, not big helis !

  • Umesh Kumar Lodhi
    Umesh Kumar Lodhi

    2 rotors in opposite direction don't produce opposite lift?

  • Paul Carson
    Paul Carson


  • Nico

    Me:”keep smiling and nod..”

  • Anuprova Saikia
    Anuprova Saikia

    Well I was wondering how it flew on mars when this video was a year old but then I realized that it's just the caption that's changed

  • Quester91

    Aged like wine

  • Just A. Name
    Just A. Name

    Why is NASA at Devon Island?

    • John Jay
      John Jay

      Testing the rovers under harsh conditions.

  • Jason Dohery
    Jason Dohery

    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

    We all know why we are here

  • Innerspace Race
    Innerspace Race

    Yo mama just flew on Mars


    Why the fk this one year old video got recommended right after the helicopers flight????

  • Cory Springer
    Cory Springer

    regarding 5:15 what fishing line did they end up choosing??? My dad and I made a bet...

  • Arun S A
    Arun S A

    It's a historical moment. Thank you sir for giving this video.

  • hisenberg

    Legend s knows he changed the title

    • Twilight reads !
      Twilight reads !


  • AdustoJake


  • Nobody Knows
    Nobody Knows

    April 19, 2021 - This Helicopter Just Flew On Mars!

  • Richard Detsch
    Richard Detsch

    How high and fast will it fly

    • Nobody Knows
      Nobody Knows

      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

    First comment of the Flight Era of this video!!!!!

  • RockinRowl Gaming
    RockinRowl Gaming

    I'm from the future, edit the title again. This Helicopter flew 10km on Mars.

  • Nayeem Sharif
    Nayeem Sharif

    It flew 🎉🎉🎉👏👏

  • Ilham H
    Ilham H

    Graawedj !

  • SmishSmish

    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

      Perseverance doesn't have solar panels, it's nuclear powered.

  • pantha

    90s? what a joke.

  • Peter Andersson
    Peter Andersson

    Congratulations to MiMi Aung and her team at JPL: such a fantastic achievement!

  • Buff Weeb
    Buff Weeb

    Veritasium: I’m about to do what’s called a pro gamer move *proccedes to change title*

  • Friday Californiaa
    Friday Californiaa

    Great job, JPL =)

  • blazing curent
    blazing curent

    Sneaky title vhang well done

  • Milan Boons
    Milan Boons

    The title changed from now on Mars to flew on Mars

  • brianuuuSonic Reborn
    brianuuuSonic Reborn

    How many times is he gonna rename this video every time Ingenuity does something? lol

    • brianuuuSonic Reborn
      brianuuuSonic Reborn

      @Srpalomo5 This Helicopter is going to Mars or something, and then This Helicopter is now on Mars, now this

    • Srpalomo5

      How was it named before?

  • norweeg

    I’m here to see the title change again for today. 😊

  • Steve Lowe
    Steve Lowe

    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

    Ingenuity has now successfully flown on Mars! Congrats NASA!

  • irateinwit

    who is here NOW

  • John Wood
    John Wood

    90 seconds? They should get a good view of the rover. :(

  • LordofWolves

    Love the name change


    Title update. Mad respect

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