First Flight on Another Planet!

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Oathblivion - 3 hours ago
It's super cool that they didn't use aerogel if it wasn't necessary because of weight. Those guys meant every word when they said every part was considered for weight. I can't wait to see what this thing can accomplish when it gets to Mars.
Jake10454 - 3 hours ago
The most important question: How long until we can fly it over Opportunity to blow the dust off her solar panels and revive her?
Robust Misconception
Robust Misconception - 3 hours ago
I wonder if that 20 minutes latency problem can be fixed via a simulation with a memory buffer. We have pretty good cameras, I assume it is possible for an elite team of programmers to create a sort of 90 second simulation to be used for each hop. The pilot would have the option to discard the sequence of commands or send it to the drone to execute. I mean we know all these variables as air pressure and gravity in mars, I guess they should be able to work something out if they really want to be able to fly it manually on occasion.
SuperFluctalFlight - 4 hours ago
This topic would be perfect for a SmarterEveryDay collab... Destin did a whole series on the mechanics of helicopter flight.
Rudy2k5 - 5 hours ago
I would love to be on a Veritasium Airline ^_^
John Leicester
John Leicester - 5 hours ago
You should send a Dirigible too
Kiki Tay
Kiki Tay - 5 hours ago
in your face! Thunderf00t!
CyberNonymous G
CyberNonymous G - 6 hours ago
*the last day of final*
Марко Пејић
Марко Пејић - 7 hours ago
I have one question, can He ballon fly on Mars?
Qishi Li
Qishi Li - 7 hours ago
2:59 I don't get it. What's so funny?
ben3847 - 7 hours ago
the martians gonna be spooked af
Alex Whitton
Alex Whitton - 7 hours ago
5:43 imagine if you were an alien on Mars and you just hear that coming over the hill.
Noah Nobody
Noah Nobody - 8 hours ago
Good'ol Jack Parsons Laboratories.
TheBurek - 8 hours ago
You're overeastimating smartphone batteries. Around 4 Wh is the average nowadays, so that would be more like 10 batteries, not 3.
v.v.v.v jojo
v.v.v.v jojo - 9 hours ago
Tax money is wasted😥
Rajas Bhide
Rajas Bhide - 10 hours ago
I really feel bad that such a great informative video gets barely a million views and a minecraft video get 10 million... says more about us as people than about the content creators
Richard Deese
Richard Deese - 11 hours ago
Thanks! Wow! Between this & the Titan Dragonfly, NASA's getting bold! Way to go, folks! I'm lovin' it! The possibilities are endless. I can't wait until these missions get first flight. Keep up the great work. Thanks again. 𝓡𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲 𝓣𝓲𝓴𝓴𝓲.
True Crony
True Crony - 11 hours ago
I rather see a fleet of weather balloons and/or quad-copters.
Prodipta Ghosh
Prodipta Ghosh - 12 hours ago
See Bob Balaram is an INDIAN he should be in ISRO
Freddy Krueger
Freddy Krueger - 12 hours ago
it would be great if they could find the Beagle 2 on Mars.
Freddy Krueger
Freddy Krueger - 12 hours ago
A Mars a day,
Helps you work, rest & play.
AwsomeLikeYou Bro
AwsomeLikeYou Bro - 12 hours ago
3:00 my fake friend laugh be like😂✌️
maskyschannel - 13 hours ago
Funky Aerodynamics should be the name of a band
Cosmopolitan - 14 hours ago
Anybody notice that Derek has a cameraman?
Jamesc00ls0x - 15 hours ago
Another amazing and educational video from my boi!
Jan Sten Adámek
Jan Sten Adámek - 15 hours ago
Seeing this helicopter, I wonder what has happened to that Mars plane. I heard about it years ago, yet it never took flight.
annarboriter - 16 hours ago
and which other planetary and lunar surfaces are potential candidates for this sort of drone craft?
darthspeaks - 17 hours ago
The martian soil is about 15% iron.
Imagine the amount of iron those magnets in those electronic drone would collect around them props.
dreday92x - 17 hours ago
so fascinating, i love how these scientists keep pretending we dont know how to create levatating planes or that mars is not full of life just like the moon, the same life that causes us to not visit the moon anymore...
Unknown Being
Unknown Being - 3 hours ago
Bruh what are you talking about
NeonPinkful - 18 hours ago
The most amazing fact about this thing is the price efficiency! I imagine a rover is quite a lot more expensive .
Judess 69er
Judess 69er - 18 hours ago
why don't they just use atomic batteries in the drone o.o' i mean its not like its gonna be around humans on mars o.o' probably wont ever have to recharge the thing in its lifetime
kim ahlmann
kim ahlmann - 18 hours ago
hehe 11 o clock mars time
jbbudish - 19 hours ago
I could make it lighter. (Could also carry more sensors and equipment, with longer flight time) Terrible design really. Why!?!
jack jones
jack jones - 19 hours ago
Cydonia Mensa flight ha ha
Just TR Stuffs
Just TR Stuffs - 19 hours ago
Balaram knows his stuff!
Thomas Queiroz
Thomas Queiroz - 19 hours ago
I would like to know why didn’t they choose a fixed wing drone instead of the rotating wing model. It looks like it would have quite more flight time, plus they could use solar panels on the huge wings, providing power during the flight. I know there are no runways on mars, but there are solutions to that.
The Lukay
The Lukay - 5 hours ago
too much weight
CoReeYe - 19 hours ago
china gonna watch this video and copy all the tech
there isn't really anything good here. in fact, there are a number of things that could be improved with knowledge and funding beyond what Nasa is already getting that the military complex isn't siphoning away.
Thang Laka
Thang Laka - 20 hours ago
_Burmese Lady explained good_
Imoisili Danene
Imoisili Danene - 20 hours ago
I wonder how that sound will wake up those aliens from sleep on Mars hummm😕😕
sounds unrealistic
Yassine - 21 hour ago
i wonder to see how this helicopter will endure mars storms
teoman caglar
teoman caglar - 22 hours ago
why dont they try a zeppelin covered with thin flexible solar panel
Ayren Draganas
Ayren Draganas - 5 hours ago
not feasible with that thin of an atmosphere
No One
No One - 23 hours ago
Martians will be like, ahh here we go again.
No One
No One - 19 hours ago
@SheLovesItWhenYouPullOutThatPhenomenalDissertation Whoosh -->
Richard King
Richard King - 23 hours ago
Wouldn't a dirigible craft be a lot simpler?
George Costarica
George Costarica - 23 hours ago
The camera man has parkinsons
Денис Наумов
Денис Наумов - 23 hours ago
Почему интересно не сделали вертолёт спутником ровера? С «вертолётной» площадкой на ровере и дополнительной возможностью беспроводной зарядки вертолёта от солнечных батарей / батарей ровера.
Кто сможет корректно на английский перевести - переведите плиз, буду благодарен.
Also good to know that the chief engineer is an IITian
The first flight on earth lasted 59 seconds, the first flight on mars gonna last 90 seconds (at least that is expected). That's a really long haul!
So I am sure this has been studied and all difficulties answered. Yet I ask:
-when the Helicopter lands, creating dust, how is dust going to be kept off the PVP?
-will the weight of sand disturb flight charasteristics?
-will sand at take off and landing not sand through those blades, as they are spinning at 23'000 - 29'000 rpm?
-are all the sensors (i.e. Gyroscope) calibrated to the Mars Atmosphere?
-will UV radiation have an effect on the carbon fiber blades?
-why did you not send 2, incase one fails?
Lorefin Stardust
Lorefin Stardust - 9 hours ago
Ramiel - Day ago
Why wouldn't they use a nuclear thermal generator as the power source?
Keeps itself worm, could fly for years, send a signal to Earth, could fly at night, could fly on the poles, craters, canyons, with aerial photography it could technically give us a google street view of the planet... Nop batteries.
Fernando Soltero
Fernando Soltero - Day ago
To make people believe that yea the things flying around is the just new helicopter
Billy Bob John
Billy Bob John - Day ago
Cool, however I've always wondered why a blimp was never considered?
material need to encapsulate the pressurized gas would outweigh the benefit. on earth it was tough for any blimp, and still is, to lift any considerable amount of weight.
Савл Апостолов

NOT SR-71, but MiG-25 absolute record. Not 25,9 km, but 37 650 m. So...
Chris Robles
Chris Robles - Day ago
I like there are exactly 4096 comments at this point of me watching this video.
Roxelle a
Roxelle a - Day ago
my uni physics teacher at usyd used to always talk about this guy and how they became friends when he was undertaking his phd program.
Bobby Mulligan
Bobby Mulligan - 14 hours ago
What did he say about him?
Datataker 10
Datataker 10 - Day ago
Balloons don't work on Mars, why would a helicopter ?
balloons need to have enough bouyancy to float at all times, always putting in enough energy to counter gravity. the little copter only needs to do it for a short time in bursts.
Noah Granger
Noah Granger - Day ago
Question: would any sort of fixed wing air craft be feasible on mars, i imagine the low atmospheric pressure would make lift generation difficult?
Noah Granger
Noah Granger - 21 hour ago
@SheLovesItWhenYouPullOutThatPhenomenalDissertation Yes, a craft would have to fly at great speed. I wonder could our lord and savior musk, skip a craft off and around the atmosphere as has been done on earth...
If you design it as a VTOL, and have like 90+% of it be airfoil surface, sure. How are you going to get a VTOL flying wing, though, is the question.. and it would need to fly at close to or greater than mach 0.7 on mars, have its own lightweight fuel, essentially you are thinking of making a gliding rocket. Now a high speed rail system would be much more suited for Mars as Lord Elon won't have to worry about pumping down a massive tube there!
danny Dts
danny Dts - Day ago
Release helium balloon in dense atmosphere and helicopter in dummy thin air. Genius
danaphanous - 4 hours ago
Helium balloons worked great on Venus because the atmosphere was dense and mostly CO2. Similarly, copter was truly the best solution for mars here. They are studying flight dynamics and need a controllable/repeatable flight design they can test day after day.
The Great Green Bus - Skoolie Life
Cant wait to see an animation of it in action 🤣
Nicolas Eubanks
Nicolas Eubanks - Day ago
I’m just here to contest your “highest a plane has ever flown” comment of 85k ft in the SR71. By multiple definitions this is wrong. Several jet aircraft have made it over 100k ft.. F15 up to 103k ft, Mig 25 up to 123k ft. Don’t even @ me with ceiling definitions. “Plane has ever flown” does not mean “plane has ever been capable of cruising at”.
Иван Барынкин
I do not want to seem like an upstart, but why did the engineers use the bdc motor instead of the bldc? Efficiency of the bldc engine is larger and more compact.
good point! It may have saved weight on the amount of electronics they needed to haul around to operate the motor.
Karan Shah
Karan Shah - Day ago
What if this thing topples over? How does it get back in the air?
Karan Shah
Karan Shah - Day ago
This video has the best comments ever! Make sure to read all above and below this😍 Video. Ofcourse. Watch that first.
Ali Soukarieh
Ali Soukarieh - Day ago
Can you make a video abt piezoelectricity plz :))
karthik krishna
karthik krishna - Day ago
This could be the data analysis for the future nuclear powered drone, which can probably cover the entire mars at one charge.
extremely heavy. they are being restricted on how much plutonium they can get for any space missions. not that its really in short supply or anything.
Benjamín Ruiz
Benjamín Ruiz - Day ago
I really love your videos! But I would love to get visuals for the scales and numbers presented.
As non-native speaker it's sometimes hard to follow a bunch of big numbers in a row :)
Volodymyr Pavlov
Volodymyr Pavlov - 7 hours ago
The video has accurate English subtitles with all the numbers, should help in both understanding the speech and the numbers :)
Shikhar Bhargava
Shikhar Bhargava - Day ago
Your reflection in the mirror behind you a little distracting. However, a nice and informative video.
cryptout - Day ago
As a hobby drone enthusiasts I think this is awesome although I do think 90 seconds flight is a bit disappointing. 👍
there is a LOT of room for improvement when it comes to batteries. and batteries that can take the temperature swings of mars. you should research that and improve upon power density! The little copter might be restricted by the lighter weight single crystal silicon solar panels, too. not the most efficient variety out there, but priority is light weight if you can't even use aerogel.
nam nguyen
nam nguyen - Day ago
Tại sao không thiết kế pin năng lượng trên cánh của máy bay này
John Braddock
John Braddock - Day ago
Shoot those are the coolest people in the world.
James Simmons
James Simmons - Day ago
Good video but please stop with holding your index fingers up all the time. Just relax and speak. No need for anything more. And.... either grow a beard or shave but the two day old beard look that is so popular now really does suck. It makes men look like pussies.
Hassan Alqaimri
Hassan Alqaimri - Day ago
♦️ DR. DEREK I have suggest about way to access for light speed or 80 % from it...
were i can suggest this on you alone doctor ❤️
Jake Britton
Jake Britton - Day ago
Why would someone dislike this video??
small and relatively inconsequential project maybe? its very neat, but so much more can be done when it won't be in a reasonable amount of time.
John Connor
John Connor - Day ago
thats thing isnt doing anything anywhere other than be used in clips on devon island
White Supremacist
White Supremacist - Day ago
Derek Muller being the next Elon Musk for 16 minutes straight.
Conrad Bate
Conrad Bate - Day ago
14:17 .. mate.. the purpose of this mission is to create a level of propaganda sufficient to get these pseudo scientific grant grabbing jokers playing 2.5x speed video at retards faking terminology to sound "speshul" to get themselves into the news.. from a helicopter perspective there is (effectively) NO atmosphere on mars.. you are dealing with 1/3rd the gravity but about 1/300th the atoms.. which means you're displacing the mass of the helicopter by shoving away.. nothing.. the only way you'd even have a chance is an ultra light arrangement using huge wings.. watching them use earth based rotors made me cringe.. almost as much as listening to her describe how a gyro they bought off ebay worked.. pretty much listening to her talk about the principle of captured Co2 (which is simply the principle behind your "loft insulation") - like she is some sort of Jedi is just a joke.. I can't cope with this crap honestly..
P Bebnowski
P Bebnowski - Day ago
One question... what happens when the craft gets knocked over while recharging on the ground?
Hussnain Samee
Hussnain Samee - Day ago
jim rose
jim rose - Day ago
how does a helicopter achieve lift without atmosphere?
there is a small amount of atmosphere. almost 95% CO2 already
Xen Orac
Xen Orac - Day ago
What is the camera/s like on this thing? Whats the fastest shutter speed etc?
TechPlasma - Day ago
It'd be cool if they were able to send this craft to go blow off the dust on the Opportunity and Spirit rovers
Jaswati - Day ago
I like Veritasium being the 42.0 element.
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