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Bob Balaram, the chief engineer of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, was recently featured on NASA’s Small Steps, Giant Leaps podcast. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which rode along with the Mars Perseverance Rover, will be the first aircraft to attempt controlled flight on another planet and is a marvel of engineering.

Balaram described what it took to develop the helicopter and what to expect during the experimental flights. You can listen to the full podcast above or read the full transcript of the conversation [at the links below].

Editor’s Note: This article was republished from NASA. Follow The Robot Report’s Special Coverage of Mars 2020.

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