NASA officials wrote in an update, this will be the second time the helicopter will land in an airspace that it did not survey from the air during the previous flight.
Ingenuity Chopper (Twitter)
The Ingenuity Helicopter of the American Space Agency NASA is going to fly once again in the sky of Mars this week. The people running Ingenuity will fly this 1.8 kg helicopter in the sky of Mars for the seventh time. It is believed that this flight will be taken on Sunday. NASA plans to send this helicopter to a new airfield. Ingenuity is planned to be moved 105 meters to the south from the current location of the surface of Jezero Crater.
NASA officials wrote in an update, this will be the second time the helicopter will land in an airspace that it did not survey from the air during the previous flight. Instead, the Ingenuity team is relying on images collected by the HiRISE camera mounted on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. This suggests that the new base for operation is relatively flat and there are few obstructions. He said that its data will be sent to Earth in three days after the flight.
There was a mistake during the sixth flight
Earlier, the Ingenuity helicopter had also taken off at a new location during its sixth flight. The helicopter made its sixth flight on 22 May. But this flight was not successful up to 100 percent. Actually, there was a glitch in the helicopter, due to which the picture taken by the navigation camera on it was interrupted for a while. But the Ingenuity helicopter successfully managed to land at its designated landing place.
Ingenuity helicopter reached Mars on February 18
The Ingenuity helicopter landed near Jezero Crater on Mars on February 18, 2021, aboard NASA’s Perseverance rover. On April 3, this small helicopter was deployed under the Perseverance Rover. After this the rover moved forward and then the helicopter started a month-long flight campaign. Its purpose was to show that flying on Mars is possible.
NASA has expanded the mission of the Ingenuity helicopter
Let us tell you that initially the mission of NASA was only for five flights of Ingenuity helicopter. But seeing its success, NASA allowed the helicopter’s mission to be expanded, so that Ingenuity’s scouting capability could be demonstrated. The flight on Sunday will be the second flight in this campaign. At the same time, during the first five flights, Perseverance recorded the helicopter’s movements on camera and sent it to Earth.
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