First came the amazing pictures, then the video. Now NASA is sharing sounds of its little helicopter humming through the thin Martian air. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California released this
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The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology demonstration to test powered, controlled flight on another world for the first time. It hitched a ride to Mars on the Perseverance rover. Once the rover reached a suitable "airfield" location, it released Ingenuity to the surface so it could perform a series of test flights over a 30-Martian-day ...
Apr 30, 2021 · NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, grounded Thursday by a pesky-but-understood software issue, successfully completed its fourth flight in the ultra-thin atmosphere of Mars Friday, kicking off a new ...
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Apr 25, 2021 · The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully flown for the third time on Mars in a week. During Sunday's flight, the helicopter went faster and farther than it did in the previous trials, according ...
The first helicopter attempting to fly on another planet is a marvel of engineering. Get up to speed with these key facts about its plans. When NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida later this summer, an innovative experiment will ride along ...
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Apr 22, 2021 · The NASA Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its second flight on Mars Thursday, and it was even more challenging than the first. Ingenuity had a longer, higher-climbing flight, including ...
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- Its body is small, but its blades are mighty. One of the biggest engineering challenges is getting the Mars Helicopter’s blades just right. They need to push enough air downward to receive an upward force that allows for thrust and controlled flight — a big concern on a planet where the atmosphere is only one percent as dense as Earth’s.
- It has to fly in really thin Martian air. To compensate for Mars’ thin atmosphere, the blades must spin much faster than on an Earth helicopter, and the blade size relative to the weight of the helicopter has to be larger too.
- It will make up to five flights on Mars. Over a 30-day period on Mars, the helicopter will attempt up to five flights, each time going farther than the last.
- The Mars Helicopter team has already completed groundbreaking tests. Because a helicopter has never visited Mars before, the Mars Helicopter team has worked hard to figure out how to predict the helicopter’s performance on the Red Planet.
20 hours ago · The sound was recorded during the helicopter’s fourth test flight on April 30. Ingenuity — the first powered aircraft to fly at another planet — arrived at Mars on Feb. 18, clinging to ...