The battery-powered NASA helicopter hopes to become the first vehicle to build an aircraft to run on another planet, escaping its first test – a Frost night on Mars.
The four-pound ingenious helicopter was sent by NASA’s diligent rover to the surface, previously attached to the rover’s belly.
Evening temperatures in the Xero gorge It can drop to minus 90 degrees Celsius.
This can freeze and crack unprotected electrical components and damage the internal batteries needed for the aircraft.
Ingenuity would be the first aircraft to attempt a controlled flight, operating on another planet.
Mimi Ang, Ingenious Project Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, said: ‘This is the first time Ingenuity has owned the surface of Mars.
‘But we have now confirmed that it has the right insulation, the right heaters and enough power in its battery to sustain a cold night, which is a huge win for the team. We are pleased to continue to produce ingenuity for its first flight test. ‘
The diligent rover was instructed to move away from the insole as soon as it was used – so that the solar line above the helicopter’s rotors would soon begin to receive sunlight.
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Until the helicopter placed its four legs on the surface of Mars, the ingenuity was attached to the rover’s stomach and gained power from diligence.
The rover acts as a communication relay between the ingenuity and the earth, and will use its set of cameras to monitor the flight characteristics of a solar-powered helicopter “from a van sail overlook.”
The helicopter has no scientific instruments: the sole purpose of the technology demonstration is to conduct aerial tests in the thin atmosphere of Mars.
In 30 Mars days, or Souls (24.6 hours on a Tuesday), on the surface, the ingenuity will complete its test, and the scientific study of the diligence of the Xero gorge will go into high gear.
“Our 30-Soul Test Schedule is pre-loaded with exciting milestones,” said Teddy Janetos, leading the sub-operations for the ingenious helicopter at JBL.
‘Whatever the future, we will get all the flight data we can within that timeframe.’
On April 4, diligence reduced the first images of the helicopter to the surface of Mars.
Image taken by the rover’s rear-left danger avoidance camera shows the helicopter’s rotor blades still stacked on top of each other (a structure used to save room during Mars’ voyage) and its four legs firmly planted on the surface of Mars.
For the next two days, the small helicopter will stand alone in the Martian environment and will now intelligently gather information on how thermal control and power systems are doing better.
That information will help you make better use of the ingenious heat control system to help you escape the harsh Tuesday nights during the entire flight test.