The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) powers Martian helicopters as they travel through space
Last week, NASA’s Mars helicopter was successfully named Ingenuity.
NASA already has some good news to share. This high risk, high reward experiment on its Mars Ingenuity helicopter is destined to date the red planet. In the 2020 Mars mission in July, we introduced original technology.
Helicopter successfully charged:
This small helicopter is still alive and in good condition. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced on Thursday that it had successfully charged the helicopter during a space flight on August 7.
According to NASA:
On August 7, the six lithium-ion batteries of this helicopter were energized and charged in space for the first time. 4 pounds (1.8 kg) According to a NASA statement on Thursday August 13, the “intelligence” currently piled under Perseverance’s belly comes from the power of the rover.
Duration of charging:
It takes eight hours to charge the batteries, during which time NASA tested and analyzed their performance. The statement said that in order to maintain the best battery health, the battery is only charged to 35% of its maximum capacity.
Perseverance plans to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. At some point after that, Ingenuity will leave the rover, land on the surface of the “red planet” and perform some groundbreaking test flights. (After deployment on Mars, the helicopter’s battery will be charged by its own solar panel.)
It is just for the experiment:
If the experimental test flight goes according to plan, Ingenuity will prove that it can fly a robot on Mars, opening the door to extensive aerial exploration for future missions.
The project manager said:
MiMi Aung, project manager of JPL’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, said in a statement:
“This charging activity shows that we have survived the launch. So far, we can deal with the harsh environment of interplanetary space.” “Trying on another planet. Before the first experimental flight test, we have many other ways to go, but now we are all very happy about the future.”