NASA recently shared a photo via Twitter that shows the Perseverance rover successfully lowering the Ingenuity Mars helicopter to the surface of the Red Planet. The helicopter spent months hidden under the belly of Perseverance, waiting for the time to try the first controlled flight on the surface of another planet. NASA says the Mars helicopter has lowered its four legs and is positioned to land on the Martian surface.
It is not known exactly when Naivety will be placed on the surface of the Red Planet for the first time. NASA is currently planning a first flight for the Ingenuity helicopter not before April 11. The Mars helicopter is very different from the helicopters you can see operating in the skies daily.
It has no tail rotor, instead of counter rotating main rotors. It has a small body and long rotors to help generate support in the thin Martian atmosphere. Ingenuity’s main task is to be a demonstration of technology to test the first motorized flight on Mars. The helicopter was launched on July 30, 2020, along with the Perseverance rover, and landed on February 18, 2021 on Mars.
NASA is planning a 30-day mission for the Ingenuity helicopter with one or more test flights. Images and footage of the test flights will be collected by Perseverance, which is parked at a safe distance from Ingenuity. The aircraft weighs about two kilos and uses solar energy, obtaining energy from the sun.
The counter-rotating blades rotate at 2,400 RPM, and inside the box are computers, navigation sensors and a pair of cameras. One of the cameras is black and white and the other is colored. The ingenuity is about 19 inches tall and, if your flight is successful, it may have significant ramifications for exploring Mars in the future.