NASA’s Mars Helicopter Aiming for Two Records on Next Flight

Nasas mars helicopter gears up for fifth flight on friday

NASA’s least simple Mars helicopter has so far exceeded expectations to handle the difficult conditions of the Red Planet with apparent ease during five different test flights in a span of one month.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) team, which oversees the current Mars mission, is now preparing to send Ingenuity on its sixth flight since its historic first hover on April 19, 2021.

After completing the technology demonstration phase, which proved Ingenuity’s ability to achieve flight in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars – after flying for about two minutes during a 266-meter flight on a mission – the team now performs operations Moving into phase which will try to find out more how such flights can help in the search for Mars and other planets in future.

Fast, long

In the sixth flight, a 4-pound, 19-inch-long helicopter will climb up to 10 meters (33 feet) and fly about 150 meters (492 feet) to the southwest. At that time, the machine would use an on-board camera to obtain color imagery of the area of ‚Äč‚Äčinterest to researchers, while continuing to fly south for about 20 meters (66 ft).

“Stereo imagery of outflows of sand waves and luminous rocks on the site will help demonstrate the value of an aerial perspective for future missions,” JPL said on its website.

After completing its image collection, the helicopter will fly 50 m (164 ft) northeast to a new landing location.

JPL noted that during its sixth flight Ingenuity, which flies autonomously after receiving instructions from the team, had to record a record ground speed of 9 mph (4 m per second) while staying up for 140 seconds. Will be pushed to – its longer duration mission than any previous period.

“This is also the first time that a helicopter will land in an airfield that it had not surveyed by air during a previous mission,” JPL said, noting that this time the team would look at imagery collected by NASA’s Highrise camera on Mars is dependent. Reconnaissance orbiter.

JPL is expected to release more information about the flight schedule any day, and we will update here when we hear about it. In the meantime, dust off your 3D specifications and check out this immersive footage of the recent Ingenuity flight on Mars.

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