This task is the experimental companion of the Perseverance Wanderer. It carries a piece of history, which is very appropriate. A stamp-sized muslin fabric covers a wing of the Wright Brothers Flyer 1 and is fixed to the cable under the helicopter’s solar panels.
Another piece of wing material called “Western Pride”-along with the fragments from the flyer-flew on Apollo 11 in 1969, flew to the moon and returned.
In December 1903, Alville and Wilbur Wright flew 120 feet and flew for 1
The original creation team hopes to do this.
“When NASA’s Sojourner rover landed on Mars in 1997, it proved that the “Red Planet” cruise is possible and completely redefines the way we explore Mars. Similarly, we want to understand the impact of originality on scientific research. Potential potential,” Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said in a statement.
However, before this historic flight to Mars, Ingenuity must complete a series of steps that will be taken in the next few weeks-they will test that this 4-pound rotorcraft can survive the harsh conditions of Mars without the help of perseverance. The ability to survive.
At present, the rover is heading to a nearby 33 x 33 ft (10 x 10 m) airport, and the Ingenuity team has selected this airport to test the helicopter’s flight. The site is named in honor of Jakob van Zyl, former director of solar system exploration and deputy director of project development and strategy, who is the head of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He died in August 2020.
After depositing delicate objects on a flat surface, Perseverance will carefully retreat and take pictures of the helicopter. Although it sounds simple, this process will take more than six days. Commands sent from the team on Earth will help release the locking device that secures the helicopter to the abdomen of the rover.
After reaching the surface of Mars, the helicopter will perform some test swings and rotations of the rotor blades. It must use solar panels to charge itself and withstand the cold Martian night, which may drop to 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ingenuity will have 31 days to conduct its series of test flights, which may include up to five days, depending on the success of the first test. The first flight involved the helicopter rising about 10 feet from the ground and hovering for about 30 seconds before landing. Subsequent flights will last longer.
MiMi Aung, JPL’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter project manager, said: “Ingenuity is an experimental engineering flight test. We want to see if we can fly on Mars.” All engineering data can be completed within 30 sol windows.”
Sol is a day on Mars and lasts slightly longer than a day on Earth.
This is why Ingenuity is designed to be small and light-and has a built-in heater to survive the cold night.
Ballaram said to wit: “Since we started this journey six years ago, every step we have taken is an unknown area in the history of aircraft. Deployment to the surface will be a huge challenge, only spent on Mars. It can survive the first night. If there is no rover to protect it and maintain its power, it will be a bigger choice.”