NASA Ingenuity: Meet the woman launching a helicopter on Mars

What does it take to build a helicopter to fly on Mars? 

For starters, you can forget the remote control. Mars is more than 30 million miles away on a good day, so the time delay in sending and receiving signals means you couldn’t fly the spacecraft with a joystick — you have to send waypoints in advance from here on Earth and hope for the best. 

MiMi Aung, project leader of NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Project, observes a flight test with JPL engineers Teddy Tzanetos (left) and Bob Balaram. 


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It also needs to charge itself. And it has to be able to take off in the incredibly thin Martian atmosphere (roughly 100 times thinner than Earth’s atmosphere), meaning the entire helicopter — including solar panel, batteries, computers, rotors and landing gear — has to weigh less than 4 pounds. And how do you test it in a simulated

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In the world of financial technology, AI poses questions, heightens efficiency, and encourages ingenuity

This article was written based on discussions from the latest Bloomberg Women in Fintech event. To learn more about the series, please email wif@bloomberg.net.

While AI has been a buzzword for some time, the uncertainty and rapid changes stemming from the global pandemic have brought the technology’s benefits and challenges to the forefront. Within the multitude of applications, several focus areas are helpful for the fintechs in particular, keeping in mind how humans and AI can work together to empower the other.

The opportunities for AI to both assist in a tumultuous working environment and heighten human efficiency were under discussion at the latest panel hosted by Bloomberg’s Women in Fintech. There are many details to consider with a constantly evolving technology, particularly surrounding bias and security, but according to panelists, it is essential that companies look to integrate AI holistically, ensuring automation bolsters their business and empowers employees to

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