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For the first time in the atmosphere of a neighboring planet, an aircraft took off
The United States once again, for the third time, successfully delivered another rover. This is already a more improved version of the previous samples, here the cameras are better and the electronics are more modern and there are more devices. In general, the system was tested and acquired better qualities than in the previous two missions. In addition, the third version of the NASA rover has a small helicopter on board. The device is designed to explore the surrounding areas from a bird's-eye view in the rarefied atmosphere of Mars, in order to build route maps more accurately!
The helicopter "Ingenuity" passed the first flight baptism, it successfully took off and successfully landed where it is supposed to! You can learn more about the flight from NASA's presentation on their official YouTube channel. Engineers tell how they successfully remotely lifted the device and it successfully flew for a certain time landed exactly where it was needed. This is certainly a success, it is even more a success, since no one has done anything like this on Mars before this time.
Now engineers believe that the mission of the Perseverance rover will be more thoughtful, no one will do extra zigzags on the surface of Mars, the equipment will be used more thoughtfully, the resource will go to the study of the planet in a larger volume.
The helicopter is not large in size, but even such a large device is enough to look with the help of a video camera from a bird's-eye view of the surrounding space and choose the only correct path of the rover. The aircraft weighs only about two kilograms, while the span of the blades is brought to 1.2 meters. The helicopter turned out to be not quite the usual kind, but it does not matter, it is important that it successfully took off and successfully landed where it should be, and the control was remote from a very long distance.
The helicopter is located on board the rover in a special compartment, if necessary, it can be released and just as successfully put in the hangar for storage.
The helicopter, for all its charms in aerodynamics, can work independently according to a certain program. So in this case, it happened, the helicopter took off and worked out the code and successfully boarded the rover. There was no need for contact with ground control services, everything worked stably in offline mode.
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