A Drone has Dreams

Screenshot of JPL animation showing helicopter on Mars

A test by JPL of systems made here in Colorado was successful!

Over at https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7684 you can read how the first flight of the little helicopter will be straight down: five inches.

"That's one small drop for a drone, one giant leap for all kinds!" NASA did not say...

If a robot drone can have dreams then this would be one, right? After dropping to the surface, the little 'copter starts its mission and makes history as self-powered flight takes off on another world for the first time. The tests validated the delivery system that will deploy the drone by blasting away the retaining bolts. Famous quote: "Engineering: it's like math, only louder!"

Image: screenshot of JPL animation showing helicopter on Mars.