Nasa shares inspiring full video of Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars

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The Independent 20 April, 2021 - 10:51am 14 views

When is Mars helicopter first flight?

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured this shot as it hovered over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. NASANASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Succeeds in Historic First Flight

Did the Mars helicopter fly?

ET on April 19—in the midafternoon local time on Mars—the helicopter successfully completed its first flight. ... NASA's Perseverance rover took a selfie on Mars with the Ingenuity helicopter on April 6. Perseverance then drove off to an overlook about 200 feet away to watch Ingenuity's flight attempt. National GeographicNASA Mars helicopter makes history as first vehicle to fly on another planet

Did ingenuity fly on Mars?

Ingenuity, NASA's first helicopter flight on another planet, flies autonomously and has special features to help it stay aloft in the thin Martian atmosphere. Transmits flight data to the Perseverance rover, which relays it via satellite to Earth. The Wall Street JournalNASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Makes Historic First Flight

When does the Mars helicopter take off?

On Monday (April 19), the ultra-lightweight robot will try taking off into the Martian sky and if it succeeds, this maneuver will be the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity is scheduled to take off at 3:30 a.m. EDT (0730 GMT) on Monday, but its flight controllers are wary. Space.comNASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity is ready to make its first flight attempt Monday

On Monday, the Ingenuity helicopter was shot from the Perseverance rover on Mars, hovered in the air for 30 seconds at a three-meter height, and returned to the ground.

The 1.8-kilogram rotorcraft does not carry any scientific instruments nor will go on any research missions, but the successful test will provide valuable data for Nasa to develop future crafts.

Flying in a Martian atmosphere is much more challenging than that on Earth; the helicopter’s twin, counter-rotating rotor blades needed to spin at 2,500 revolutions per minute – five times faster than on Earth – to accomplish the flight.

This is because Mars atmosphere has less than one per cent the pressure of Earth’s, meaning that the helicopter had to be light enough to fly but powerful enough to overcome this lack of atmospheric pushback.

The Perseverance rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 64.3 meters away in Mars’ Jezero Crater – capturing the entire flight with its cameras.

“We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,” project manager MiMi Aung told her team soon after the mission was successful.

The following test flights will see the craft fly further and higher across the surface, providing extra information on the performance of the helicopter.

Four more flights are expected to take place over the next two weeks, with Aung saying that the team will be “pushing the envelope”, adding that the helicopter will “further, faster, definitely, especially towards the end of the experimental window.”

Perseverance will continue its task of looking for ancient life on the Red Planet. The rover is designed to extract from Martian rock for future analysis back on Earth, with two subsequent missions set to collect the samples.

It also includes demonstration projects that could help set the path for human exploration of the alien world, such as ways to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen.

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