The NASA space agency conducted the first test flight of a mini-helicopter, which was sent to Mars along with the new Perseverance rover. The first flight of the Ingenuity mini-helicopter is only the first test, so it only climbed three […]
The NASA space agency conducted the first test flight of a mini-helicopter, which was sent to Mars along with the new Perseverance rover.
The first flight of the Ingenuity mini-helicopter is only the first test, so it only climbed three meters in height, hovered in the air and sat back down.
An illustration of the first flight to Mars, high-quality photos from a mini-helicopter will appear in a few hours.
A full-fledged flight along a given trajectory will take place later, for a start, the engineers only needed to check all the mechanisms and control systems.
Here are the first photos of Ingenuity’s flight:
Left – a photo from a camera installed on a helicopter. On the right is a photo from the Perseverance rover.
Ingenuity has made its first flight – this is the first flight of a powered vehicle on another planet!
Together with the new Perseverance rover, the Ingenuity mini-helicopter was sent to Mars for the first time, which will help the device study the planet’s surface. The rover is now in testing after a successful landing in mid-February. Since then, Perseverance has made several test drives and checked all the sensors, sensors, cameras and manipulators.
Now it comes to the Ingenuity mini-helicopter – it’s essentially a separate machine that was installed at the bottom of the rover’s hull. It weighs only 1.8 kg and is powered by solar energy, and it also has a 13 megapixel camera to record flights over the surface of Mars.
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The first test launch of the helicopter was postponed several times due to various problems – for the sake of this, it was even necessary to update the firmware of the rover.
The launch of Ingenuity turned out to be an important historical event in order to test how realistic it is to launch flying vehicles in the conditions of Mars, which are usual on Earth.