date of publication:
Apr 11, 2021 8:04 GMT
Update date: April 11, 2021 8:10 GMT
The US space agency “NASA” announced the postponement of the launch of the first test flight of the “Ingenuity” unmanned helicopter in the atmosphere of Mars, which was scheduled for today, April 11th. “NASA” officials wrote in
Source: Lara Thabet – Erm News
“The helicopter will not be launched before April 14,” NASA officials wrote in a statement. “During the high-speed rotation test of the helicopter (Ingenuity) that took place on Friday, it suddenly stopped during the transition from pre-flight mode to flight mode.”
The statement emphasized that the Ingenuity helicopter is “safe, serviceable and fully communicates with mission controllers on the ground,” adding that the agency’s helicopter team is examining the data to determine the problem and will set another date for a full speed test after completing the review.
It is worth noting that the Ingenuity helicopter was scheduled to launch today April 11 at an altitude of 10 feet, about 3 meters, for about 30 seconds and then return to the surface of Mars.
And if the helicopter succeeds in flying through the Martian atmosphere, this will be the first flight of the plane to another planet. The helicopter is powered by lithium batteries and has the capacity to make several other flight attempts for about a month.
It should be noted that the US agency was planning four other more difficult flights over a period of 30 days, but the helicopter is facing harsh conditions on the surface of Mars, with temperatures reaching minus 90 degrees Celsius, and very low gravity.
The “Ingenuity” helicopter traveled nearly 300 million miles to Mars aboard the Perseverance probe, which weighs about 1,000 kilograms and is the size of a small car, and the probe reached the Red Planet in February after a 203-day flight.