On Sunday (25th April) NASA’s mini helicopter Ingenuity magnificently completes its 3rd flight on Mars. It moves further and more rapidly than ever before, with the highest speed of 6.6 feet per second.
After 2 preliminary flights through which the craft hovers directly above the Red Planet’s exterior. The helicopter on this 3rd flight covers 64 feet (50 meters) of distance, extending the speed of 6.6 feet per second (2 meters per second), or four miles per hour in this most recent journey. Dave Lavery is the Ingenuity project’s program executive. He says, “Today’s flight was what we expect for long, and yet it was nothing short of astonishing and brilliance.”
The Perseverance rover, which carries the four-pound (1.8 kilograms) rotorcraft to Mars, films the 80-second 3rd flight. NASA says on Sunday that video clips will be sent to Earth in the upcoming days.
The adjacent flight was a test for the helicopter’s independent steering system, which achieves the route as per data received in advance.
“If Ingenuity hovers too rapidly, the flight algorithm cannot trace surface characteristics,” NASA explains in a statement about the flight. Ingenuity’s trips are difficult because of circumstances greatly distinct from Earth’s – leading among them a complex atmosphere. It has less than 1% of the density of our own.
Meaning that Ingenuity’s blades, which extend over four feet, have to spin at 2,400 cycles per minute to accomplish lift – about 5 times more than a helicopter on Earth.
NASA reveals it is now arranging for a fourth flight. Each flight intends to be of ever-increasing complexity in order to boost Ingenuity to its limits.
The Ingenuity experimentation will result in one month in order to let Perseverance resume its core task: searching for signs of past microscopic life on Mars.