Mars 2020 MHDS Development and Testing
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will travel to Mars as part of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission. Once on the rover is safely on the ground, the helicopter needs to be deployed to the surface to allow it to fly. JPL asked Lockheed Martin Space to develop this system called the Mars Helicopter Delivery System (MHDS). Engineers at Lockheed Martin near Denver developed the unique system and tested it using the Mars Helicopter on loan to the company.