NASA’s Mars helicopter rose again, flying faster, and when it crossed the air of Mars air for the third time, the total distance it flew was about the length of an American football field.
Like the previous two flights, the small experimental flying robot named Ingenuity perfectly executed the instructions from the earth. At 1:31 a.m. Eastern time (12:33 p.m. local Mars time), it lifted up 16 feet, then flew 328 feet, and then returned to its starting point.
That was 25 times the second flight three days ago. The helicopter reached a top speed of 4.5 miles per hour, and the flight lasted approximately 1
This flight is a test of a helicopter navigation system that intuitively tracks its position by comparing ground features recorded by an onboard camera. The farther it goes, the more images the camera must take to remember the scenery below. If you fly too fast, the helicopter may lose its original position.
Helicopter project manager MiMi Aung said in a NASA press release: “This is the first time we have seen a camera algorithm for long-distance operations.” “You cannot do this in the test room.”
The ingenuity of about three feet is a $85 million project to prove that it is feasible to conduct controlled flights on airplanes (such as airplanes or helicopters). The atmosphere on the surface of Mars accounts for only 1% of the earth’s atmosphere.
NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, arrived on the Red Planet in February. Before Perseverance began its main mission (seeking clues to ancient life in the dry delta), the Ingenuity team had 30 Martian days (approximately 31 Earth days) to complete five test flights of the helicopter.
Dave Lavery, the head of the helicopter project, said: “Today’s flight was planned by us, but it was amazing.” “In this flight, we are demonstrating key features that will be the future The mission to Mars increases the size of the air.”
Last Monday, Ingenuity made history, becoming the first powered aircraft to fly on another planet. The first flight was short: a simple lift, a total of 39.1 seconds off the ground. The second flight on Thursday rose a bit and made a brief lateral movement.
With the success of the first three flights, the helicopter engineers have more than a week to complete the last two flights, which will further promote Ingenuity’s capabilities. Ms. Ang, the project’s manager, said last week that she hopes the last plane can fly about 2,300 feet from the starting point.
NASA said the fourth flight will take off in a few days.
There are currently no plans to install a second helicopter on Mars. But the chief engineer of the project, Bob Balaram (Bob Balaram) said that he and his colleagues have begun to draft a design for a large Mars helicopter that can carry about 10 pounds of scientific equipment.