Success on the planet Mars

TechNews Writer
Mon Apr 26, 2021

On the day April 22, 2021, NASA's great Invention helicopter accomplished its second Mars flight achievement – the 18th sol, of its innovative test flight period. The aircraft, which lasted 51.9 seconds, introduced some new obstacles initially to the first time that occurred on April 19 along with a greater cruising height, longer length, and upwards motion. “At this point, the science satellite data tactics accumulated and analyzed implication that the experiment worked as projected and that the resulting data analysis was correct,” said the researchers. Bob Balaram, lead designer for NASA 's Jet Propulsion Lab in Southern California.

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Inventiveness took off around 5:33 a.m., or 12:33 p.m. central Mars time, for this second test flight at "Wright Brothers Ground." Whereas Flight One reached a height of three meters, Inventiveness reached a height of 16 feet (5 meters) this moment. Following a rapid hover, the helicopter's controller conducted a small (5-degree) turn, enabling a few of the momentum from the counter-rotating blades to propel the aircraft sideways for two meters.

“The aircraft ground to a halt, hovered, and produced revolutions to aim its lens in multiple directions,” explained Hvard Grip, Ingenuity's chief pilot at JPL. “As a result, the rotor gets plain, however there are numerous uncertainties when it comes to flying a aircraft on the planet Mars. That is why it’s here – to bring these unknown factors to light.”

Controlling an aircraft on Mars becomes more complex than controlling one on the planet Earth. Even though atmosphere of Mars is about the one-third of planet Earth, the aircraft must travel with the aid of an atmosphere that has just about 1% of the volume at Earth's crust. Each second of every flight offers a wealth of Mars in-flight information for contrast to simulations, models, and experiments conducted on Earth. In addition, NASA receives the first consistent perspective remotely piloting a rotorcraft on Mars. These statistics would be extremely useful for possible future Mars missions that could employ the next-generation aircraft to introduce an atmospheric component to their discoveries.

The Mars Aircraft design by Inventiveness is a slightly elevated, highly technological showcase. If Innovation encounters problem throughout its 30-sol flight, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover operation's research aggregation will be unaffected.



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