US Recognizes Pakistani Developer for Mars 2020 Helicopter Mission

The Embassy of the United States in Islamabad has recognized a known developer and tech enthusiast, Ahmad Awais, for his contribution to the Mars 2020 helicopter mission – the first attempt in history to make powered and controlled flight on the surface of Mars.

“Pakistani developers are truly making their mark in the world. #DidYouKnow Ahmad Awais (@MrAhmadAwais), a Pakistani award-winning open-source engineer, contributed code to the software for the Mars 2020 helicopter mission, also known as NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter”? the embassy tweeted.


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Awais thanked the embassy for recognizing and appreciating his work.

“I’m incredibly humbled that my teeny-tiny open-source contribution was part of humankind’s first successful attempt at a powered, controlled flight of an aircraft on another planet,” he said.

The helicopter mission, also known as NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, made a successful controlled flight on another planet which was confirmed by the Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.


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Meanwhile, Awais has also won Gold GitHub Stars Award, the most popular awards in the technology arena.

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