The Mars rover Perseverance took the first step this evening to take a big step for small humanity for himself. The Mars helicopter, named Ingenuity, will make its first flight on April 1. This flight is of great importance for the Mars mission and human history.
NASA’s historic trial for Mars mission: First vehicle to fly
The Mars rover, called the Perseverance rover, landed on Mars Jezero Karateri on February 18. In this important descent, Perseverance had some kind of helicopter in its belly.
NASA shared the first photo sunday (March 21st) of the Mars helicopter, which is stored in a private enclosure folded. NASA unveiled the helicopter, which will be released from this special enclosure today, before the first flight. The team that produced the helicopter answered questions from the panel, the press and social media.
Mars helicopter Ingenuity and features
The Ingenuity helicopter weighs about 1.8 kg. The helicopter, which is quite light, is capable of flying in the Martian atmosphere. The atmosphere of the planet Mars has a density of 1 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. That’s why the helicopter’s propellers move 10 times faster than a regular helicopter.
The Mars helicopter Ingenuity has no mission other than to fly through the Martian atmosphere. Nasa will know if the Martian atmosphere will be flight-friendly thanks to the helicopter. The helicopter, which has a camera on it, will also photograph the areas where it flies.
It’s minus 90 degrees at night at Mars Jazero Crater. NASA engineers say this low temperature will push the helicopter to its limits. How Ingenuity will behave in the Martian atmosphere, based on all the rigorous experiments on Earth, is a matter of curiosity.
The helicopter’s first flight will take place on April 1. This first post-flight Ingeunity will be the first aircraft to fly on another planet outside the world.
The live broadcast also revealed how the helicopter will conduct a flight test. After leaving the Perseverance vehicle, it will fly in a 10-foot radius. The helicopter will land at the launch site again after taking pictures in mid-air.