April 1, 2021 01:42 GMT
The uploaded images show how the device is deployed “slowly and carefully” from its storage position with a Perseverance rover.
NASA released new images this week showing how the Ingenuity helicopter on the Perseverance rover is preparing for its first flight to Mars.
Days ago, the U.S. Space Agency had released a photo of a Perseverance driver as it dropped its shell and thus began releasing a device that would be the first to fly on this planet.
The new video shows the helicopter when it is introductiondo it “slowly and carefully” from its storage position and prepares to touch the surface of Mars safely. “Lower slowly, dear helicopter,” NASA wrote in a tweet.
For his part, the team responsible for the task explained that “step by step ingenuity prepares to land on the surface.” “Once deployed, all four feet down, it can be released,” the report adds.
First flight on Mars
Before the first take-off, the driver must bring the device to a ‘heliport’, a designated point where ingenuity begins to work, and the toughness must move to 110 meters. If all goes according to plan, it is possible that the flight tests will begin in the days following April.
On the first flight, the vehicle is expected to ascend at a speed of one meter per second until it reaches a height of three meters, where it remains for 30 seconds and then lands by landing again on Mars.
The weight of ingenuity on Mars is nearly 680 grams – which would be 1.8 pounds on Earth – and the height 49 centimeters. It gets its power six lithium-ion batteries, which are charged via a solar panel mounted on the top of the rotor. It also has two cameras, one in black and white for navigation and another in color, aimed at the terrain.
After leaving in July last year and traveling about 480 million miles, Perseverance landed on Mars on February 18 to begin its mission: to look for evidence of life on the red planet.