The ingenuity of the NASA helicopter prepares for its first flight on Mars

The ingenuity of the NASA helicopter prepares for its first flight on Mars
The ingenuity of the helicopter in NASA's Rover Perseverance is designed to find alien life on Mars, and it has begun preparations for its first flight. NASA’s helicopter has pulled down all four legs, and NASA has released photos. Now, the helicopter has reached a position where it can touch the surface of the red planet at any time. NASA said the helicopter is expected to fly around April 11.

If NASA successfully completes the mission, it will be the first flight of a helicopter on another planet outside of Earth. NASA said on Twitter that when the helicopter is ready, it will gradually launch on the surface of Mars. The agency said that the helicopter is unlikely to fly before April 11. The data for this flight will arrive on April 12.

This helicopter, called Ingenuity, has tested whether the rotorcraft technology can be used on the surface and atmosphere of the red planet. Previously, after successfully landing the rover, the chopper connected to it also sent its first status report. The signal from the Jezero crater on Mars was received under mission control from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

It was sent by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter orbiting Mars. If the flight is successful, Ingenuity will be the first rotorcraft to fly anywhere outside of the earth. According to this signal, the helicopter and its base station in the rover are operating as expected. The chopper will be attached to the rover for 30-60 days. The rover itself has an electric box that will store and route communications between the helicopter and the ground. It is called a base station.

Mission control from the ground to work will ensure that the helicopter keeps electronically traveling in the extremely cold environment of Mars. To do this, the heater installed on it will be turned on. Its battery will also be charged so that the heater can run and can do other things. When the rover is engaged, they will be slowly charged every few days. Currently, they are being charged from the power supply of the rover. After launching it to the surface of Mars, the battery will be charged by solar panels. According to NASA, if the helicopter can take off and move a certain distance, 90% of the mission will be successfully completed.

The demand for rotorcraft on Mars is due to the extreme turbulence of unknown unknown surfaces there. Orbiters in the orbit of Mars can only be clearly seen from high altitude to the limit. At the same time, it is impossible for the rover to reach every corner of the surface. In this case, a rotorcraft that can fly to difficult places and take high-definition photos is needed.

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