NASA officials released the first footage of the “Ingeniotti” helicopter flying over the surface of Mars, in its first controlled flight by a spacecraft on another planet.
The short clip was sent to Earth shortly after NASA obtained confirmation that the rotating bird from outside of this world had succeeded in flying.
The helicopter can be seen hovering 10 feet above the surface of Mars for about 30 seconds.
NASA said the first “Ingeniotti” flight opens the door for more aerial exploration of the red planet. The agency will send the craft for more flights before its mission ends – and scientists hope to “push it to the limit,” says team leader Mimi Ong.
In the video, “Enginute” can be seen rotating its blades, bringing them to full speed (five times faster than a rotating Earth helicopter), and then lifting itself 3 meters (10 feet) above the surface of Mars. After that, it swirls, revolves around the “perseverance”, and dips gently back into the dust.
Ong and her team said the short flight matched a pre-flight simulator with a T.
“I did just that. From everything we’ve seen so far, it was a flawless flight,” pilot Harvard Gharib said during a press conference hours after the pre-programmed flight from 173 million miles.
“What the Ingeniotti team did is liberate us from the surface now forever in planetary exploration. We can now combine the driving trajectory on the surface with surface sampling, reconnaissance and even scientific experiments on the places where they are,” said Michael Watkins, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Inaccessible to the rover. ”
Source: New York Post