In the rough crater of Mars, he now has a small helicopter with the brain of a smartphone, far from its first motor flight to another world. NASA hopes that its spindle-shaped robotic helicopter, called Inventiveness, will prove that motor flight is possible in the dangerously thin air of Mars, helping to usher in a new era of planetary exploration in which drones will play a key role.
Arriving on Mars is like a black passenger, folded toward a NASA sustainability vehicle that landed on a red planet in February. 293 months after Earth, seven million miles have passed from the earth. On its first flight, the 4-pound, $ 85 million ship rises about 10 feet above the surface and floats – at most at the edge of the regulatory basketball hoop – before returning to the surface. The entire flight must be completed within 90 seconds.
A short trip – one of five planned for one month or expected to begin on April 11 – is not very hopeful for interplanetary travel arrangements. However, according to agency officials, it would be a huge leap in finding Mars. According to him, in the future, autonomous drones, such as Ingenuites, could come into the air to explore canyons, ice sheets, and other terrain inaccessible to drivers. If human experimenters ever land on Mars, drones can act as scouts and sensors.
“We hope that ingenuity will allow us to expand and open up air traffic on Mars,” said project manager Bob Balaram at NASA’s Southern California Jet Engine Laboratory.
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