The NASA Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its 14th voyage to Mars. The position of the Red Planet in space caused a radio blackout for two weeks.
The NASA Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its 14th voyage to Mars. The position of the Red Planet in space caused a radio blackout for two weeks. This put a brake on the experiments taking place there. This was the first flight there after this. In fact, Mars went behind the Sun earlier this month. This made it difficult to link Mars to Earth. Because of this, NASA has largely discontinued its robotic Mars missions.
Engineers at the U.S. Space Agency have expressed concern that they may encounter “unexpected behavior” if they contact their spacecraft due to solar congestion. In view of this the mission was discontinued. However, no impact was seen on the engine helicopter. Solar congestion occurs once every two years.
NASA says it has designed a small spacecraft to explore the summer at its location on the Red Planet. As the weather warms up at the Xero Crater, the helicopter’s rotor rotates even faster to fly. The engineers wanted to test how it could fly in high rpm settings.
In a tweet, the JPL team from the US space agency NASA said, ‘The Mars helicopter has successfully completed a short flight into its current airspace to test high RPM settings. So that it flies over the Red Planet with low atmospheric density. It also gives the test team the option to increase the RPM if needed in the future. ‘
NASA did not provide details on how far or how long the helicopter had traveled and at what time the plane took off. The US space agency actually designed the helicopter to fly five times over Mars. However, it successfully completed 14 missions.
The Ingenuity helicopter is currently operating as a scout for the Perseverance rover. This rover is looking for antique life on the Red Planet. Earlier, due to a blackout, the helicopter had to postpone its 14th flight.