Data from Tuesday Thursday morning’s ingenuity shows that the helicopter did not operate the planned fourth flight. The helicopter is safe and in good health. Data returned during a downlink at 1:21 p.m. EDT (10:21 am PDT) indicates that the helicopter has not switched to airplane mode, which should take place.
The team plans to try out a fourth aircraft again today, April 30, 2021. The flight is scheduled for 10:46 a.m. EDT (7:46 a.m. PTD, 12:30 a.m. local Tuesday), with first data expected NASAJet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 1:39 p.m. EDT (10:39 a.m. PDT).
A problem identified earlier this month showed a 15% chance every time the helicopter tried to fly, it would face a tracking timeout, but would not switch to airplane mode. Today’s delay is in line with that expectation and will not hinder future flights. A conference is scheduled for Friday, April 30th.