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NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Begins Missions Again

NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Begins Missions Again
NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Begins Missions Again
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When we last heard from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter , it had landed quickly before Mars’ winter and mud season, but now the NASA team working on the spacecraft is preparing for its next flyby, which could take place this week.

Ingenuity’s 30th flyby will be a short jump to test the spacecraft’s system health following the storms of Mars. It  will also gain important insights to aid NASA ‘s Mars Pattern Return Marketing campaign, and will no doubt clean up the sludge that has settled on its photovoltaic panel due to that last flight.

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NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Begins Missions Again

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Ingenuity Prepares for its 30th Flight

The previous 29th flight took place on 11 June . However, currently Ingenuity is  inside the Jezero Crater and there temperatures drop to -86 degrees Celsius in a single day . The winter season also means that the amount of photovoltaic vitality achieved by photovoltaic panels is below what is needed to cover the cost of the batteries, but the panel is getting the power needed to make a fast jump potential, as NASA has planned with the 30th flight.

The 30th flight will take place shortly. It is scheduled to take place in the afternoon with the Martian clock, and this is so that Ingenuity’s batteries have time to potentially house the necessary power. During the flight, the helicopter will climb to a maximum altitude of 5 meters, after moving to the side about 2 meters, it will land. It will be in the air for a full 33 seconds in the process.

NASA plans to advance Ingenuity’s flight path in the direction of the river delta . It will likely be in a position to start longer flights at some point, as the cost of recoverable batteries will increase each day.

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