NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter The new airport on the “Red Planet” is now being explored.
Creativity made its fifth flight to Mars today (May 7), taking off from the Jezero Crater at 3:26 pm Eastern Time (1926 GMT). The 4 lb (1.8 kg) chopper climbed to a height of 16.5 feet (5 meters) and sailed 423 feet (129 m) south, following the same path as last week Flight 4, NASA officials said.
However, unlike the commotion on April 30 and the other three before this, today’s itinerary is one-way. After reaching the destination, Ingenuity climbed to 33 feet (10 m) (twice the height of the Martian sky), took a few photos, then landed in a new place, completed a 1
video: See the view of Mars from the fourth flight of the Ingenuity helicopter
Bob Ballaram, chief engineer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said in a statement today.
Ballaram said: “No matter where we go from here, we will always remind us of what the two bicycle manufacturers in Dayton mean to us on our first flight in pursuit of another world.”
Keep improving! #MarsHelicopter completed the first one-way trip and fifth flight on Mars. It landed at a new location and began a new demonstration phase in which we tested this new technology and learned how it can assist future missions to Mars and other worlds. https://t.co/TNCdXWcKWE pic.twitter.com/YwxIjupbQI May 8, 2021
Ingenuity falls into NASA’s Perseverance Wanderer On February 18, the plane flew within 28 miles (45 kilometers) of Jezero. The solar-powered rotorcraft unfolded from the wanderer’s belly on April 3, and began a flight movement designed to prove aerial exploration on Mars.
The campaign was originally scheduled to end in 30 days, and only five flights can be carried out at most.But Ingenuity has performed so well and stayed healthy that NASA recently Extended mission.
Josh Ravich, head of mechanical engineering at Ingenuity at JPL, said: “Our helicopters are stronger than we expected. Wrote in the blog yesterday (May 6).
Ravich added: “The power system that has plagued us for many years provides enough energy to make the heater run at night and run during the day.” “The off-the-shelf components of our guidance and navigation system are also excellent, and our rotor system is also excellent . You can say its name, and its performance is good or better.”
Today’s flight has helped the small helicopter enter a new stage, during which Ingenuity will demonstrate the ability of the rotorcraft as a Mars rover scout. The new airport is within the traversal range of the Perseverance Project, so photos of helicopters in flight can help the roaming fleet choose the most effective route, and perhaps find interesting rock targets for investigation.
Keeping the two robots relatively close is also a logistical necessity. The ingenious body is only about the size of a tissue box, and cannot directly talk to the handlers on Earth. Communication with the chopper must be done through perseverance.
In addition to acting as a relay station, the rover also recorded Ingenuity’s historical flight, captured video, and during the 4th flight, The sound of the rotorcraft is at work. But Perseverance will soon begin to focus on its scientific mission, which includes finding signs of ancient Martian life, and collecting and caching dozens of samples for future return to Earth.
In today’s post-flight statement, Ballaram said: “The plan to move forward is to fly in a way that does not reduce the perseverance and scientific combat pace.”
He added: “In the next few weeks, we may have more flights, and then the agency will evaluate our performance.” “We have been able to collect all the flight performance data we originally came here to collect. Now, This new operational demonstration gives us the opportunity to further expand our knowledge of aircraft on other planets.”
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