NASA postpones the Mars helicopter test flight until April 14


NASA Ingenuity probe

NASA Ingenuity probe

The test of the Mars exploration helicopter “Wiz” originally scheduled to be carried out today, Postponed until April 14th at the earliest. When the scientist conducted a high-speed propeller test on April 9, the computer program that was responsible for controlling the transition from the “before takeoff” mode to the “in flight” mode, a timeout exception occurred, which caused the test to be aborted suddenly. The responsible team is still studying the reasons for the exception, but emphasized that the small helicopter is in good health and is also continuing to maintain communication through the Perseverance.

For NASA, the witty represents the first time in human history to “flight” in the atmosphere of another star. This is of great significance, so it is natural to be careful. If you crash the propeller or something because of a little mistake, the gain will not be worth the loss, so delay a few days to make sure that everything is okay, which is what was expected. The current plan remains unchanged. It is expected to hover at an altitude of about 3 meters for about 30 seconds. The whole process will be recorded by the WIT’s own sensor and camera, and the Perseverance on the side can also be seen ” panoramic”.

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