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Mars Helicopter Creativity envisions its record-breaking flight

Mars Helicopter Creativity envisions its record-breaking flight

What do you see when you fly over the surface of our neighboring planet Mars? This is shown in this video, made by a creative Mars helicopter during its farthest and fastest flight to date.

Originally there was a Mars helicopter ingenuity “One trip to five trips” in the program. The team behind the helicopters is now preparing for 29e escape from. Meanwhile, the space agency has Video released This same creativity from 25e The flight took place on April 8, 2022. It was the longest and fastest flight to date: the explorer traveled 704 meters at 5.5 meters per second for most of the route.

Five times acceleration

He made video prowess with his navigation camera. As a result, you see not the Helios itself, but the shadow cast on Mars, about 10 meters below. On this surface, ripples in the sand can be seen first. Then the helicopters fly over the rocky part. Then follows a fairly flat stretch: a suitable landing site for unmanned scouts.

This landing is not on the video by the way; And do not take off. The reason for this: if the helicopter is more than 1 meter above the surface, the navigation camera turns itself off. As a result, dust flying during take-off and landing cannot confuse the navigation system.

Anyone who thinks everything goes too fast: That’s right. The video actually lasted about three minutes. Obviously, NASA thought that was a bit too long for an impatient YouTube audience, because the space agency decided to speed up the video fivefold.

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disconnection

At the beginning of this month, a period passed Exciting about the mission† Dust fell on Ingenuity’s solar panels, preventing them from properly charging their batteries. As a result, NASA lost contact with aerial reconnaissance.

In the end, the space agency decided on the mission of the probe perseverance, which maintains contact with the helicopter, for a day. As a result, the buggy can focus only on “finding” the helicopter. It worked, so the ingenuity can now take some flights.

Set heating at -40 degrees

The only question is how many flights are there. To keep the helicopter working, NASA decided, among other things, to turn on the “heating” only when the batteries became colder than -40 degrees. Previously this happened at a temperature of -20 degrees. It remains to be seen if the batteries can withstand these lower temperatures for a longer period of time.