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The first helicopter on Mars calls home after the landing of the Perseverance rover

From the Red Planet, the Ingenuity helicopter reports in.

  • On Mars, a "seven minutes of terror" landing on the Perseverance NASA, the first helicopter ever sent to a world is okay.

  • On Thursday (Feb. 18), the Ingenuity helicopter landed with persistence on Mars and communicated with the Earth controllers.

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Controllers received a downlink at 6:30 p.m. Friday. A 4-lb mark of EST (2330 GMT) via Mars Recognition orbiter. The helicopter (2 kilograms) and its base station operate normally both.

Tim Canham, Ingenuity's Mars helicopter operation chief, told JPL in a statement on Friday that "Both appear to be working great. With this positive report, we will move forward with tomorrow's charge of the helicopter's batteries,"

  • This power-up procedure, which took place on Saturday (Feb. 20), will charge about 30 percent of the planned capacity of six lithium-ion "rotorcraft" batteries and send data back to Earth, deciding how to continue with the future battery-power sessions.

"After Perseverance deploys Ingenuity to the surface, the helicopter will then have a 30-Martian-day [31-Earth-day] experimental flight test window," said JPL in a statement. A 24-hour day or "sol" compared with the earth's 24-hours, is a 24-hour day, with Mars controls operating during the first 90 sols of the mission.
  • A new generation of rising Mars explorers who work independently and in conjunction with future human landing missions could pioneer naivety flights. Flying drones on Mars can scout before rovers to plan the best routes, or float over dangerous terrain, among other applications for scientific studies.



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Feb 22, 2021

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