NASA’s tiny helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its third flight on Mars on Sunday, moving faster and farther than ever before, with a peak speed of 6.6 feet per second.
After two flights, the aircraft hovered above the surface of the red planet, and the helicopter flew a distance of 64 feet (50 meters) on the third flight, reaching a speed of 6.6 feet per second (2 meters per second), or rather It is the hour of the most recent flight at 4 mph.
Dave Lavery, project director of the Ingenuity project, said: “Today’s flight was planned by us, but this is not surprising.”
The persistent rover transported a four-pound (1.8 kg) rotorcraft to Mars and filmed the third flight in 80 seconds. NASA said on Sunday that the video clips will be sent to Earth in the next few days.
Lateral flight is a test of the helicopter’s autonomous navigation system, which completes the route based on the information received in advance.
NASA explained in its statement about the flight: “If Ingenuity flies too fast, the flight algorithm will not be able to track surface features.”
Ingenious flight is challenging because its conditions are very different from those of the earth-the most important of which is the rare atmosphere, the density of which is less than one percent of our own density.
This means that Ingenuity’s rotor is 4 feet long and must rotate at 2,400 revolutions per minute to achieve lift-about five times that of a helicopter on Earth.
NASA announced that it is preparing for the fourth flight. In order to push “ingenuity” to the limit, every flight plan will become increasingly difficult.
The original experiment will end in a month to allow perseverance to return to its main task: to find signs of past microbial life on Mars.