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First flight on another planet: Mars helicopter before premiere

NASA Live Stream: Mars Helicopter’s First Flight “Ingenuity”

The first flight for the 1.8 kilogram mini helicopter was made several years ago. Challenges for “Ingenuity”:

Cold: Until a few days ago, Mars was guarded by “ingenuity” by a rover called “Perseverance”. Built-in heaters prevent the electronics from being destroyed on nights with minus 90 degrees. “Being exposed to the surface of Mars will be a big challenge, and surviving the first night on Mars alone without rover protection and power will be an even bigger challenge,” said Chief Engineer Bob Balaram. The small machine has already crossed this barrier.

Perfect position: The next person who could set the “ingenuity” in the middle of its ten-ten meter launch pad was currently 250 million kilometers away, so the mini helicopter had to position itself. Several days after it was dropped from the rover, a process began in which the “ingenuity” was unlocked from the vehicle and placed in its four hands by its gripper hand.

ATMOSPHERE: In good weather conditions, the NASA team wanted to give permission to depart. The rotors must then accelerate to 2537 revolutions per minute, and depart “ingenuity” as planned on its historic maiden flight. Project: It rises three meters in operation, remains in the air for 30 seconds and re-descends after a total of about 40 seconds. Also, follow bold flights.

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