NASA’s Mars Invention Helicopter missed its fourth scheduled flight on Thursday. The space agency blamed it on a software failure and vowed to try again the next day.
The statement said: “The helicopter is safe and healthy.” He added that the rotorcraft failed to transition to “flight mode.”
The team plans to try the flight again at 10:46 am EST on Friday (8:16 pm EST), and the data is expected to return to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in three hours.
The software issue is believed to be the same as delaying Ingenuity’s maiden voyage, which is the first powered flight on another planet. Originally scheduled to take place on April 11th, this historic feat occurred on April 19th.
The reason was a malfunction related to the aircraft’s “watchdog timer”, which made Ingenuity alert to potential problems and halted its process when it thought it had found an error.
Engineers made coding adjustments so that Ingenuity can solve the problem and switch to flight mode correctly-but it is estimated that there is a 15% chance that it will not work in every flight attempt.
NASA said: “Today’s delay meets this expectation and will not prevent future flights.”
Since reaching Mars in the belly of the Perseverance Rover in February, the 4-pound (1.8 kg) helicopter has successfully conducted three flights.
The last time it happened on Sunday, it moved faster and farther than ever before, with a peak speed of 6.6 feet (two meters) per second. It covers a distance of 64 feet (50 meters).
The originality of flying is challenging because its conditions are very different from those of the earth-first of all, the rare atmosphere, with a density less than one hundredth of our own density, which means it must be at a rate of 2400 per minute. The speed of rotation rotates its rotor.
The Ingenuity technology demonstration will end in early May to enable the Persevering Rover to return to its main mission: to find signs of past microbial life on Mars.