The third flight of NASA’s Mars helicopter is much faster than before


NASA’s small Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its third flight to Mars on Sunday, moving faster and further than ever, with a top speed of 6.6 feet per second. This third helicopter covered a distance of 64 feet (50 meters) and reached a speed of 6.6 feet per second (two meters per second), or reached a speed of four miles per hour on its most recent flight. Plan, but surprisingly, “said Dave Lavery, planning director for the Ingenuity project.

 The persistent rover carried a four-pound (1.8 kilograms) helicopter 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 automatic navigation system, which completes the route based on information previously received.

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For this third flight, the #MarsHelicopter traveled almost half the length of a football field and increased its airspeed to 4.5 mph (2 m/sec). Until now, Ingenuity had not flown at this speed, even while testing on Earth.

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 NASA explained in a statement about the flight: “If the creativity is too fast, the flight algorithms will not be able to track the characteristics of the surface.” Creative flight is challenging because conditions are very different from those on earth. 

The main thing is the rare atmosphere, its density is less than one percent of our own density, which means that the Ingenuity rotor that spans four feet must rotate at 2,400 revolutions per minute to achieve a higher elevation than that of a helicopter on Earth. 

Now getting ready for the fourth flight. In order for ingenuity to reach its limit, the plan will increase the difficulty of each flight. 

The Ingenuity experiment will end within a month to allow Perseverance to return to its main mission: to find signs of past microbial life on Mars.

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