Perseverance launched July 30, 2020, enroute to Jezero Crater, Mars. Perseverance features a plutonium power source and a variety of instruments to aid the rover in its mission to seek signs of previous life on Mars, as well as collect data to further aid future manned missions there.
Ingenuity, the 4 pound helicopter that was launched with Perseverance, features four specially made carbon-fiber blades, arranged into two rotors that spin in opposite directions at around 2,400 rpm – many times faster than a helicopter on Earth. It is a separate experiment from the rover and is intended to demonstrate technologies needed for flying in the Martian atmosphere.
Capable of carrying over 20,000 lbs., the Sikorsky Skycrane is one of the strongest heavy-lifting helicopters in the world. A firefighting workhorse, the Skycrane can also be fitted to hold 2,650 gallons of water – which it can refill with its hydraulic snorkel system in 45 seconds!
The fastest next-generation helicopter in the world, the Sikorsky® S-97 Raider® features twin four-blade contra-rotating main rotors and a rear pusher propeller, allowing for a top speed of 276 MPH. What makes the Raider even more unique is its ability to turn its rear propeller on and off for ''Whisper Mode'', allowing it to sneak up on targets.
Is both a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL) aircraft used by the United States Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy. Its tiltrotor design allows the Osprey to takeoff and land like a helicopter, then fly as a fixed-wing, turboprop aircraft.
The most famous helicopter in the world is the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, most commonly referred to as the Huey which first flew in 1956. It earned its fame during the Vietnam War and has been featured in many war movies, including Apocalypse Now and Platoon, as well as in numerous action adventure films.
This American tandem rotor, heavy-lift helicopter was first used during the Vietnam War. Powered by two 4,733 horsepower turbo-shaft engines, it has a top speed of 196 mph which made it faster than any other utility and attack helicopter at that time. It remains in production and frontline service, with over 1,200 built to date.