NASA’s Mars copter flight could happen as soon as Monday


NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, with all 4 of its legs deployed, is pictured earlier than dropping from the stomach of the Perseverance rover in March 2021

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter could make its first flight over the Red Planet as soon as Monday, the US area company reported, following a delay of greater than per week because of a potential technical challenge.

The mini-helicopter’s journey will mark the first-ever powered, managed flight on one other planet, and can assist NASA reap invaluable information concerning the circumstances on Mars.

“NASA is targeting no earlier than Monday, April 19, for the first flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter,” the area company reported Saturday.

Data will return to Earth “a few hours following the autonomous flight,” which might take off at roughly 3:30 am (0730 GMT), NASA stated.

Ingenuity’s first journey was initially set for final Sunday, however was delayed after a possible challenge emerged throughout a high-speed check of the four-pound (1.8 kilogram) helicopter’s rotors.

NASA calls the unprecedented helicopter operation extremely dangerous: The flight is a problem as a result of the air on Mars is so skinny—lower than one % of the strain of Earth’s environment.

The helicopter arrived on Mars connected to the underside of the Perseverance rover, which touched down on February 18.

After the helicopter’s flight, Ingenuity will ship Perseverance technical information on what it has carried out, and that data can be transmitted again to Earth.

The helicopter mission is be the equal on Mars of the primary powered flight on Earth—by the Wright brothers in 1903 in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. A chunk of cloth from that aircraft has been tucked inside Ingenuity in honor of that feat.

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