NASA’s “high-risk, high-reward” ingenuity helicopter is pouring over the prizes. He completed his fourth and most ambitious test flight over Mars on Friday. “Good luck,”
NASA also shared an exquisite image from one of the cameras of the rover Perseverance, showing the helicopter in the distance.
There was ingenuity, but a certain bug prevented the rotorcraft from going into flight mode. The helicopter remains safe, strong and ready for re-execution.
The plan for the final test was to fly the helicopter at a height of 16 feet (5 meters), collect images of the landscape below, bend over and return to the place of takeoff. The flight path was set to take 133 meters down and last 117 seconds.
Sending data from Mars takes time, but NASA expects to receive a generosity from photos taken by the helicopter during the flight. This will help demonstrate the potential of the rotorcraft for use as a scout, which can assist ground vehicles such as rovers while exploring from the ground.
NASA said the spicy helicopter had already “met or exceeded all technical objectives.” This licensed the helicopter crew to try the bolder fourth flight to push its capabilities into the thin atmosphere of Mars.
Ingenuity will soon enter a new demonstration phase if the planned fifth flight is also successful. The next phase will prioritize perseverance and look at how Ingenuity can help the Mars rover’s mission to study Mars and look for signs of ancient microbial life.
Perseverance is on the move and looking for interesting rocks to check. Ingenuity can try to mark together. “The helicopter can use these capabilities to conduct aerial observations of rovers’ scientific targets, potential rover routes and inaccessible features, while capturing stereo images for digital elevation maps,” a NASA statement said Friday.
The rotorcraft no longer has to prove that a controlled flight is possible on another planet. This has been done and more. Every flight from now on will just add to its air heritage.
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