Ingenuity, the first helicopter to land on Mars, sent its first signal to Earth. Making statements on the subject, NASA scientists announced that the health of Ingenuity, which is connected to Perseverance on the surface of the Red Planet, is very good and preparations have started for the first flight trial.
Ingenuity sent its first signal over the orbiting Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite. Tim Canham, the operation leader of the helicopter,“Everything looks fine on both Perseverance and Ingenuity sides. Tomorrow we will start charging the helicopter’s batteries.” used the expressions.
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Ingenuity, which takes its energy from solar cells, will fill its batteries at the level of 30% in the first stage. NASA researchers will then perform analyzes according to the incoming signals and switch to progressive charging. The goal of the researchers is to keep the Ingenuity warm until the first flight.
Ingenuity’s first flight is expected in March or April. NASA made statements on the subject,“If Ingenuity could smoothly bypass the first Mars nights when the temperature reached -90 degrees Celsius, our team to the first flight attempt in another world will start. Ingenuity’s ability to just take off means 90% of our goals in the project are completed. “ used the expressions.
Weighing just 1.8 kilograms, Ingenuity has to spin its propellers 10 times faster than a helicopter on Earth (2400 RPM) due to the incredibly thin atmosphere on Mars. Considering Ingenuity only as a first step, NASA thinks that if this mission is successful, the exploration process of Mars will accelerate tremendously. In the future, we can see dozens of helicopters fly exploration on Mars based on the technologies used in Ingenuity.