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Ingenuity Mars helicopter prepares for the first flight on another planet

March 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Ingenuity Mars helicopter will attempt the first powered flight on Mars no earlier than April 8, according to NASA.

The Ingenuity Mars helicopter will attempt the first powered flight on Mars no earlier than April 8, according to NASA.

However, before this historic flight on Mars, Ingenuity has to complete a series of steps that will occur over the next couple of weeks -- and they will test the 4-pound rotorcraft's ability to survive the harsh conditions of Mars without the help of Perseverance.

The rover is currently driving to the nearby 33-by-33-foot (10-by-10-meter) airfield that Ingenuity's team has chosen to test the helicopter's flight.

The final steps of deployment include suspending the helicopter 5 inches over the Martian surface during a final charging session while Ingenuity is still connected to the rover.

"Ingenuity is an experimental engineering flight test -- we want to see if we can fly at Mars," said MiMi Aung, project manager for Ingenuity Mars helicopter at JPL.

"Every step we have taken since this journey began six years ago has been uncharted territory in the history of aircraft," Balaram said of Ingenuity. "And while getting deployed to the surface will be a big challenge, surviving that first night on Mars alone, without the rover protecting it and keeping it powered, will be an even bigger one. "

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