NASA has released an enhanced video of the Mars helicopter
NASA’s Mars helicopter has done incredible results this week by flying the red planet. It is the first time for an artificial aircraft to fly in another world, and the ease with which this task can be completed is a great sign for the future of spacecraft-oriented aircraft. That said, the video of the first event we got wasn’t the best. It was low resolution, grainy and had little idea of what was happening. Now, a few days later in live footage, NASA released a new enhanced video that shows the flight much more clearly, showing even a cloud of dust that bounced off when the helicopter left the ground. The first flight of the helicopter was fairly lightweight. All the helicopter had to do was take off, hover for about 30 minutes, and then land. It nailed every part of the plan and its hover was very stable. With this new and enhanced video, we can see for the first time how stable it was. As you can see, the video is split into two windows. On the right is an enhanced clip of helicopter flight in visible light. On the left, you’ll see a view from motion detection software that highlights pixels that indicate what looks like motion. In this case, the helicopter and the dust clouds it creates when it takes off, hovering, and landing illuminate the motion detection window, making it much easier to see how the helicopter is affecting the ground below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMMPBNzp0Dg NASA Description: The Mastcam-Z imager onboard NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover shot a video of a helicopter flight. The video is shown here in an enhanced side-by-side format to show the swirling dust plume during takeoff and landing. The view on the left uses motion filtering to show where dust was detected during lift-off and landing, and the view on the right is enhanced with motion filtering. Scientists use this image processing to detect dust devils passing through Mars rover. Additional versions of the video include a timer that counts down to takeoff and then up to landing. The ghostly “cutouts” of the helicopter are displayed side by side with each. This is an artifact related to digital processing. As a result, you can get a better glimpse of what NASA has achieved with its agile little helicopter. Of course, the future depends entirely on Ingenuity’s performance, and NASA hasn’t announced anything related to Mars’ aerial drone plans, but the first test flight certainly confident scientists. Should have been met. We’ll wait for the next few weeks to see how it’s going and how many more helicopters there are, but for now the situation looks very good.