Now that NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has accomplished its first check flight on the purple planet, members of the company’s Southern California-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory will put together for the subsequent phases of their mission.
Over the subsequent three Martian days — also referred to as sols — the helicopter’s crew will obtain and analyze information and imagery from the primary flight and devise a plan for the second experimental check, which is scheduled for no ahead of April 22.
“If the helicopter survives the second flight check, the Ingenuity crew will contemplate how greatest to increase the flight profile,” NASA mentioned in a Monday launch.
Ingenuity will conduct as much as 5 flights, assuming NASA continues to efficiently clear potential hurdles, every with probabilities to file extra information for future use.
After Ingenuity is finished, the Perseverance rover will resume its give attention to floor operations.
NASA’s Perseverance Twitter account additionally wrote that it had been imaging a few of the native rocks on the lookout level forward of Ingenuity’s liftoff.
Perseverance will nonetheless be used to speak with the now absolutely autonomous Ingenuity all through the method.
In cooperation with NASA, the European Area Company (ESA), will ship spacecraft to Mars to gather the cached samples — saved in tubes and positioned on a storage rack earlier than set in the identical space on Mars’ floor — and return them to Earth for evaluation.
The rover might cache over 30 chosen rock and “soil” samples earlier than its activity is full.