The U.S. Space Agency says NASA’s first mini-helicopter has landed on Mars and is preparing for its first flight.
The Ultra Light spacecraft was attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover that touched the Red Planet on February 18.
“Mars helicopter touch confirmed!” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted on Saturday.
“The 293 million-mile (471-million-kilometer) NASAServer ended up falling 4 inches (10 cm) from the rover’s belly to the surface of Mars. The next turning point? Escape from the night. ”
A photo accompanying the tweet shows that the relentless effort was evident after the helicopter and its “airport” landed.
Intelligence is nurtured by the power system of relentless effort, but on a bitter Mars night it will have to use its own battery to run an essential heater to protect its unprotected electrical components from freezing and cracking.
This heater keeps the interior at about 45 degrees (7 degrees Celsius) through the extreme cold of Tuesday night. The temperature could drop to -130 degrees Celsius (-90 degrees Celsius), ”said Bob Balaram, chief engineer of the Mars Helicopter Project, in an update to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Friday.
“It protects the battery and some sensitive electronics from damage in extreme cold temperatures.”
Over the next few days, the engine team will test whether the helicopter’s solar panels are working properly and recharge the battery before testing its motors and sensors before its first flight, Mr Balaram said.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is expected to launch its first flight attempt on April 11, according to a Twitter message.
Intelligence tries to fly in an atmosphere that is 1 percent of the Earth’s ity, making it difficult to reach the elevator – but it will be supported by the gravity of one-third of our planet.
The first flight involves ascending to 10 feet (3 m) at a speed of 3 feet per second, navigating for 30 seconds, and landing again.
Efficiency will take a high resolution photo while flying.
Up to five difficult flights are planned during the month.
The four-pound (1.8-kilogram) Rottercroft will cost NASA about $ 85 million to develop, a testament to the concept that could revolutionize space exploration.
Future aircraft can cover the ground faster than rovers and explore more rough terrain.