A cruise timeline error sent a Nasa helicopter aboard a lurching plane, the first major problem since landing into the Martian sky last month.
An experimental helicopter named Ingenuity was able to land safely after a crash, Jet Propulsion Laboratory officials said Thursday.
The problem happened about a minute on the helicopter’s sixth test flight on Saturday at an altitude of 10 meters (33 feet) .One of the many images taken by the onboard navigation cameras was not registered in the system, causing it. Confusion in the craft about its location
The ingenuity began to tilt back and forth as much as 20 degrees and was affected by soaring power, according to Havard Grip, the helicopter’s chief pilot.
A built-in system to increase the margin for stability, “come to the rescue,” he wrote in an online status update. The helicopter landed five meters (16 feet) from the intended touchdown point.
The Grip writes: “ Intelligence is built into the situation, and while the flight has discovered a timing vulnerability that must now be addressed, it also confirms the strength of the system in many ways.
“While we don’t intend to plan such a stressful flight, Nasa now has flight data that examines the outside of the helicopter’s performance envelope.”
Intelligence became the first aircraft to fly on another planet in April, two months after landing on Mars with a NASA rover.
The 1.8 kg (4 lb) helicopter achieved its first five flights, each more challenging than before. Nasa was very impressed with the $ 85 million technology demonstration that extended its mission for at least a month.
The flight in question on Saturday was the first for this bonus period. Engineers have spent the past several days solving problems.