The Red Planet’s rotor will expand the range of speed and flight times in a fourth flight.
Now, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has achieved its goal of propelling and controlling aircraft flight on the Red Planet, and with data from the latest flight test on April 25, the technology demonstration project has achieved or exceeded. Technically for all purposes, the Ingenuity team will now push the efficiency envelope on Mars.
Fourth Intelligent Flight from “Wright Brothers Field”, the name of the Martian airport where the flight is scheduled to fly Thursday, April 29 at 10:12 AM EDT (7:12 AM PDT, 12 The first data is expected to return to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 1:21 p.m. EDT (10:21 a.m. PDT).
“Millions of miles away, Ingenuity has examined all the technical boxes NASA has for possible propulsion and flight control at the Red Planet,” said Lori Glaze, NASA’s director of planetary science. Mars in the future can confidently consider an additional capability that aerial exploration could bring to science missions.
The Ingenuity team had three objectives that must be accomplished in order to declare the technology demonstration a complete success: They followed the first objective six years ago when the team demonstrated in the JPL-powered 25-foot diameter space simulator chamber. Flight control in some Mars’ atmosphere is more than just a theoretical exercise. The second objective was to fly on Mars, when the intelligence flew for the first time on April 19, the team was able to achieve their final primary goal with a third flight when the intelligence rose 16 feet (5 meters), flying 164 down. Feet (50 meters) and backward at a maximum speed of 6.6 feet per second (2 meters per second), adding to the extensive set of knowledge the team gained during the test flight campaign.
“When Ingenuity’s landing arrives after the third flight, we know we have accumulated enough data to help engineers design the next generation of Mars helicopters,” said J. “Bob” Balaram, JPL’s Ingenuity chief engineer. “We now plan to expand our range and timeline to gain more performance insights.”
Flight Four was designed to demonstrate the possible value of that aerial perspective. The flight test will begin with the ingenuity of climbing up to an altitude of 16 feet (5 meters), then heading south, flying over rocks, ripples, sand and small craters at a distance of 276 feet (276 feet). 84 meters) As it flies, the rotorcraft uses a camera that looks downward to collect images of the surface every 4 feet (1.2 meters) from that point until it travels 436 feet vertically. The brilliance then enters the hover and shoots with its color camera before heading back to Wright Brothers Field.
“To get the distance necessary for this spy flight, we will break our own Mars record on the third flight,” said Johnnie Lam, backup pilot of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at JPL. 80 seconds to 117, increasing our top wind speed from 2 meters per second to 3.5 (4.5 mph to 8) and more than twice our total distance. “
After receiving the information from the fourth flight, the Ingenuity team considers a plan for the fifth flight.
“We looked at a lot of options as to what the five flights would be like,” Balaram said, “but asked me about what they had after four successful flights. Committed to creating our flight experience one step at a time. ”
The third flight of NASA’s Mars helicopter goes further, faster than before.
For more information on intelligence, please visit go.nasa.gov/ingenuity-press-kit and mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter
For more information on Perseverance, visit: nasa.gov/perseverance and mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/.
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