US Aerospace Agency (NASA)As part of the Mars Exploration Program Perseverance Rover his vehicle landed on Mars on February 18, 2021.
Since your launch from Earth For 7 months Perseverance Rover, which was on the way to Mars, started to explore starting from the Jezero crater of Mars after landing. Also inside helicopter host vehicle; In this way, it will expand the area of exploration.
First flight takes place on Mars
The traveler, with the helicopter, shared the first images after landing, and recently 16 minutes sent the first voice recording. Before MarsNASA, which sent many vehicles to Ingenuity planted helicopter named. This little helicopter flying on another planet first vehicle it will be.
Completing the integration processes between the navigator and the helicopter; NASAThe team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) conducts final checks to make sure the system is ready. NASA, Ingenuitydepending on ‘s test flights, vehicle positioning and other details Engagement announced that it plans to start in the first week of the month.
Ingenuity In the statements made by the integration leader Farah Alibay and the operation leader Tim Canham about the helicopter; He confirmed to Ingenuity that he was almost ready for his first flight. Also Canham: “At the moment the helicopter is still attached to the traveler. Batteries by charging We keep it warm and feed it. The team for the first test flight a suitable place trying to choose. ” made statements.
For the team location, there are too many hazardous the rock not included; however, the surface has sufficient hard texture, navigation He is looking for a flat area that his cameras can use to navigate comfortably.
The process does not end with just finding suitable places. Farah Alibay: “When we start the flight mission, the first thing we need to do is to determine the sensitive parts surrounding the helicopter; Protecting from the heat and vibration of the Mars landing shield will lower it. After that, we will go to the helicopter flight point a few days ago. When we get there helicopter our deployment will take about a week. ” made statements.
It takes some time to deploy the helicopter due to its location within the traveler. For now Ingenuitypacked comfortably and horizontally under the traveler. The helicopter will leave the navigator when starting its mission and PerseveranceAfter leaving Ingenuity, he will travel to a safe distance.