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NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter made its first successful flight


It took the US space agency several hours to receive data confirming the mission’s success.

April 19, 2021

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This article is translated from us Spanish edition using AI technology. Errors can persist due to this process.


This could change the way we explore planets. From NASA Unmanned aircraft Skillful has successfully performed the first flight on the surface of planet Mars. The small chopper tries to fly for 40 seconds.

It took the US space agency several hours to receive data confirming the success of the mission, published in the control room and received applause.

While in the air, the device took a photo of its own silhouette via the navigation camera, which automatically tracks the ground during flight.

Image provider: NASA / JPL-Caltech

Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk said: “The ingenuity is the latest project in NASA’s legendary and longstanding tradition of achieving the goal of space exploration that previously seemed impossible.” “The X-15 is the pioneer of the space shuttle. The Mars Pathfinder and its Sojourner explorer have done the same thing for three generations of Mars explorers. We don’t know exactly where Ingenuity will take us, but today’s results indicate that the sky, at least on Mars, may not be the limit. “

This is the first piloted and powered flight on another planet. Based on Traders in the process Fortunately, the drone was able to operate in a hostile environment, since hovering over Mars is equivalent to flying three times higher than Mount Everest.

“Ingenuity’s initial demonstration flight was automated: controlled by in-flight navigation, navigation, and control systems running algorithms developed by the JPL team. Because data must be sent and returned from the Red planet over hundreds of millions of miles using orbiting satellites and NASA’s Deep Space Network, cleverly unable to fly with a joystick and its plane is zero. observable. from Earth in real time ”, NASA explained in one declare .



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