Helicopter Ingenuity with the US Space Agency NASA’s Perseverance Rover has achieved a historic victory. It is the first rotorcraft sent to another planet and now successfully spent one night alone on Mars. It had been attached to the rover since it reached Mars and on Saturday it came out of the rover and later stepped on the ground of the Red Planet. This is a big success because the temperature can fall to -90 degree Celsius during the night.
Now the next step is to test its flight. Mimi Ong, the helicopter’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said, “For the first time Ingenuity has been on Mars alone but we know it has the right protection, the right heater, and enough batteries to stay in the cold nights, it’s for the team Is a big win. We are excited to prepare for its flight test.
..So the mission was 90% successful
Its rotor blades will be unlocked and its motors and sensors tested. After this, during the experimental flight, the helicopter is able to take off and some distance, then 90% of the mission will be successful. If it continues to work even after landing successfully, four more flights will be tested.
Why should helicopters?
The need for rotorcraft on Mars is because the unseen-unknown surface there is extremely bumpy. Orbiters circling in Mars orbit can see clearly only from a higher altitude to a limit. At the same time it is not possible for the rover to go to every corner of the surface. In such a situation, a rotorcraft is needed that can fly to difficult places and take high-definition pictures.
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