NASA has delayed the primary flight of its Mars helicopter Ingenuity after the automobile’s final check ended sooner than deliberate.
Ingenuity will now stay planted firmly on the Red Planet’s floor till a minimum of Wednesday (April 14), based on an announcement from the company. The delay is available in response to an anomaly throughout a check that was meant to see the helicopters blades reach flight-like speeds of two,400 revolutions per minute.
“During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a ‘watchdog’ timer expiration,” NASA officers wrote in a statement in the present day (April 10). “This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode. The helicopter is safe and healthy and communicated its full telemetry set to Earth.”
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The assertion provides that helicopter engineers are nonetheless reviewing knowledge from the little chopper to grasp exactly what occurred, however that the staff hopes to reschedule the failed check.
Ingenuity arrived on the floor of Mars on Feb. 18, ferried to the Red Planet as a expertise demonstration challenge by NASA’s car-sized Perseverance rover. After the rover bought located at its touchdown website in Jezero Crater, it set about searching for an airfield for the helicopter’s historic flight. After arriving there, the rover set concerning the cautious means of unfolding and deploying the 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) helicopter.
Ingenuity then needed to notch a number of milestones, together with surviving the chilly Martian night time by itself, powered by power its photo voltaic panels harvested. Engineers additionally unlocked the helicopter’s blades and examined them at a low velocity, simply 50 revolutions per minute.
On Friday (April 9), the helicopter tried to check its blades at full velocity, the ultimate precursor to retreating, however that was the process that the watchdog timer reduce quick.
“The watchdog timer oversees the command sequence and alerts the system to any potential issues,” NASA officers wrote within the assertion. “It helps the system stay safe by not proceeding if an issue is observed and worked as planned.”
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