Became the first helicopter on Mars officially on Mars.
NASA agency Mars helicopter ingenuity It landed on the surface of the Red Planet after it was shot down by its mother ship, the Rover perseveranceThe space agency announced late Saturday (April 4). The first flight of the helicopter is just over a week apart.
“#MarsHelicopter is Confirmed! Its 293 million miles (471 million km) flight aboard @ NASAPersevere ended 4 inches (10 cm) down from the belly of the probe to the surface of Mars today, according to officials with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California Books in a Twitter ad. “The next milestone? Survive the night.”
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It weighs at only 4 pounds. (1.8 kg), Ingenuity is a small solar powered helicopter that relies on a rechargeable battery to keep its systems warm during the harsh Mars night. Even today, creativity has been tied to the belly of perseverance, feeding the rover’s nuclear powered system to keep warm.
Now, the helicopter is using its internal battery to operate a bio-heater.
“This geyser keeps the interior at about 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the bitter cold of Mars night, as temperatures can drop to -130 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius),” said Bob Palaram of NASA, chief engineer of the Mars Helicopter Project. And Written in Friday Status Update (April 2). “This comfortably protects key components like the battery and some sensitive electronic devices from harm in very cold temperatures.”
NASA officials said Ingenuity is expected to make its first flight on April 11th, with data from that test reaching Earth on April 12th. The $ 85 million drone is the first helicopter to be sent to another world and is designed to test futuristic flying vehicle technologies on other planets. Ingenuity carries two cameras to document her travels, which will also be watched by Wagon of Perseverance.
If all goes well, then creativity You’ll complete a series of journeys longer than ever Over the Jiezero Crater (where the persistent rover landed on February 18th) over the next 31 Martian days, it is called Solus. Each flight must not be 16.5 feet (5 meters) high and will be conducted over 300 feet (90 meters).
NASA plans a series of tests ahead of that first flight to launch the four rotating Ingenuity blades (spinning at 2537 rpm) while monitoring perseverance from a safe distance. The rover will be placed in a safe location 16.5 feet from the drone before the first flight.
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But first, of course, creativity must survive the biting cold of its first night alone on Mars. The helicopter battery will power its heater enough to maintain a constant temperature of around 5 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 15 degrees Celsius).
“The creativity team will be waiting impatiently to hear the chopper the next day,” Palaram wrote on Friday. “Did it work overnight? Are the solar panels working as expected?”
Palaram added that members of the expedition team will closely monitor Ingenuity temperature and battery performance over the weekend to ensure the helicopter’s health. If everything looks good, he said, Ingenuity could move to rotor tests and other system checks before the maiden flight.
A novel like creativity, the helicopter is just part of NASA’s ambitious rover mission to explore an ancient delta on Mars. Crater Lake. The rover is expected to spend the next two years exploring the area to look for signs of ancient life. Perseverance will also collect samples of Mars rocks to be collected and returned to Earth on a later mission.
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