NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity is prepared for one more epic Pink Planet flight.
Ingenuity, which arrived on Mars with NASA’s Perseverance rover in February and made historical past Monday (April 19) with the first-ever powered flight on one other world, will try its second flight Thursday (April 22) at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT), MiMi Aung, Ingenuity venture supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, wrote in a standing replace.
“We’re seeking to go somewhat greater this time,” Aung wrote in the update. Whereas Monday’s flight concerned Ingenuity hovering 10 toes (three meters) above the Pink Planet’s floor, Thursday’s flight will see Ingenuity go a bit larger, to 16 toes (5 m), Aung mentioned. Ingenuity will then tilt barely and transfer sideways for 7 toes (2 m), hover in place and switch just a few occasions in order that its shade digicam can snap some photos earlier than returning to its Martian airfield for a touchdown, she added.
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In line with Aung, the photographs from Ingenuity’s second flight ought to start to reach at roughly 9:21 a.m. EDT (1321 GMT).
“The imagery of the primary flight Perseverance captured with its Navcam and Mastcam-Z imagers from its vantage level about 210 toes (64 meters) away at ‘Van Zyl Overlook’ was spectacular,” Aung mentioned. “We’re anticipating extra phenomenal imagery on this second flight check.”
NASA has not but introduced any reside webcasts to disclose the imagery from Ingenuity’s second flight, because it did with the primary flight on Monday. Pictures shall be posted on NASA’s Ingenuity page after they are available.
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After Thursday’s flight, Aung and her colleagues plan to fly the Mars helicopter no less than three extra occasions within the coming two weeks, with every flight getting extra advanced and impressive.
And Ingenuity does every thing autonomously. Because of the sign delay between Earth and Mars, Ingenuity staff members can not management the helicopter in real-time; all of its maneuvers have to be programmed prematurely.
NASA will beam the instructions for Ingenuity’s Thursday flight to the Perseverance rover on Wednesday night time. The helicopter is scheduled to take off at 5:30 a.m. EDT (0930 GMT), however it can take about 4 hours for NASA to obtain information and pictures from the flight.
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