NASA has determined to postpone the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first experimental flight to April 14 after a check accomplished sooner than deliberate. The flight was earlier scheduled for April 11.
“Throughout a high-speed spin check of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the check ended early because of a ‘watchdog’ timer expiration,” NASA stated in an announcement on Saturday.
“This occurred because it was making an attempt to transition the flight laptop from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode. The helicopter is protected and wholesome and communicated its full telemetry set to Earth,” the US house company stated.
The watchdog timer oversees the command sequence and alerts the system to any potential points.
It helps the system keep protected by not continuing if a difficulty is noticed and labored as deliberate.
The helicopter group is reviewing telemetry to diagnose and perceive the problem, following which they are going to reschedule the full-speed check, NASA stated.
The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a know-how demonstration to check powered flight on one other world for the primary time. It hitched a trip to Mars on the Perseverance rover, which made a February 18 contact down on the Crimson Planet.
As soon as the rover reaches an appropriate “helipad” location, it should launch Ingenuity to carry out a sequence of check flights over a 30-Martian-day experimental window.
For the primary flight, the helicopter will take off a number of ft from the bottom, hover within the air for about 20 to 30 seconds, and land.
That will probably be a significant milestone: The very first powered flight within the extraordinarily skinny environment of Mars.
After that, the group will try further experimental flights of incrementally farther distance and better altitude. After the helicopter completes its know-how demonstration, Perseverance will proceed its scientific mission, NASA stated.