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NASA diligence and new images from Mars show landing phases

Diligence and ingenuity are less powerful than your smartphone

And its
“Drone-Helicopter” Ingenuity Can give us new information about
Tuesday In the past (or why not, even today) we can reveal if life existed, despite being basic. A task that requires specific, precise tools, but not incredible computer power. On the contrary, It is quite possible that the smartphone in your hands is more powerful than the platforms in Rover and Drone. On the other hand, the basic requirements are reliability and coping with difficult environmental conditions, with sufficient power to perform some, already established tasks.

The fact is that your smartphone is more powerful than the moving platform Diligence, There is little doubt. According to what
Revealed by NASA, The rover is based on the Bay Rod 750 system, which is designed to withstand the radiation that strikes the Red Planet, and looks older 200 MHz PowerPC 750 processor, 256MB RAM, 256KB EPROM and 2GB storage. A force comparable to it A 1998 iMac. 200 MHz may seem too low, but it’s 10 times the “brain” frequency of Spirit and Operation Rover. 2GB on board represents 8 times the capacity of the flash memory spirit and opportunity group.

Regarding Ingenuity, The first drone to fly automatically to Mars (next month)
Based on Its one
Qualcomm Snapdragon Airport, with a Snapdragon 801 at its center. The platform was launched in 2015, and the chip is a quad core 2.26 GHz, capable of capturing Adreno 330 GPU and 4K video. SoC is like a smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S5 on OnePlus One O..

So Ingenuity has a much more powerful hardware base than the Rover, but this is true It has to fly spontaneously and make “decisions” in real time based on the circumstances. In parallel, the drone-helicopter must understand how hot it must be, make sure it is loaded, control the blades and motors, and then fly and land, all of which are without direct human involvement. Reaches a height of about 16 feet (under 5 meters) according to NASA’s ingenuity, wanting 90 seconds each time. The helicopter has a 0.5-megapixel downward-facing navigation camera and a 13-megapixel front camera.

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