- Helicopters inside NASA’s rover begin preparations for first flight
- NASA released an image of the helicopter lowering all four legs
- This helicopter is in a position to touch the surface of the Red Planet at any time
Helicopter ingenuity inside NASA’s rover Perseverance set out to search for aliens on Mars began preparations for its first flight. NASA helicopter landed on all fours and NASA released its image. This helicopter is in a position to touch the surface of the Red Planet at any time. NASA says it expects the helicopter to take off by April 11.
If NASA succeeds in its mission, it will be the first aircraft of a helicopter on another extraterrestrial planet. NASA tweeted that when the helicopter is fully ready, it will gradually be launched to the surface of Mars. The agency said the helicopter was unlikely to take off before April 11. Data for this flight will arrive on April 12th.
What did the ingenuity tell NASA?
A helicopter called Ingenity went to test whether Rotorcraft technology could be used on the surface and atmosphere of the Red Planet. Earlier, after the rover successfully landed, the attached chopper also sent its first status report. The signal was received from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California under the control of the Mars Jessero Crater.
It was sent via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter orbiting Mars. If successful on the plane, ingenuity is the first rotorcraft to do anywhere other than land. According to the signal, the rover’s helicopter and its base station are operating as expected. The chopper will be attached with a rope for 30-60 days. The rover itself has an electrical box that stores and routes communication between the helicopter and the ground. It is called the base station.
What is the job of a helicopter on Mars?
Mission control from Earth to work will ensure that helicopters move electronically in the coldest atmosphere on Mars. For this, the installed heaters will turn on. Its battery is also charged so the heater can run and do other things. They will be slowly charged at intervals of a few days when the rover is engaged. Currently charged from the rover’s power supply. After being launched to the surface of Mars, the batteries will be charged with solar panels. According to NASA, 90% of the mission will be successful if the helicopter can take off and fly some distance.
The invisible-unknown surface there is very rough due to the need for rotorcraft on Mars. Orbiters in orbit around Mars can only see clearly from a high altitude. At the same time the rover cannot go to every corner of the surface. In such a situation, a rotorcraft that can fly to difficult places and take high definition pictures is needed. Indian student Vanija Rupani named her 2 kg in a competition.