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posted by martyb on Sunday April 11 2021, @10:50PM   Printer-friendly
from the good-things-come-to-those-who-wait dept.

Straight from NASA we have word of a delay in the first flight of Ingenuity on Mars.

Mars Helicopter Flight Delayed To No Earlier Than April 14 - Nasa Mars:

Based on data from the Ingenuity Mars helicopter that arrived late Friday night, NASA has chosen to reschedule the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's first experimental flight to no earlier than April 14.

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. 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.

The watchdog timer oversees the command sequence and alerts the system to any potential issues. It helps the system stay safe by not proceeding if an issue is observed and worked as planned.

The helicopter team is reviewing telemetry to diagnose and understand the issue. Following that, they will reschedule the full-speed test.

NASA has a web site devoted to Ingenuity.


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  • (Score: 2) by aristarchus on Monday April 12 2021, @02:40AM (4 children)

    by aristarchus (2645) on Monday April 12 2021, @02:40AM (#1136234) Journal

    Yeah, NASA just wasting tax money, throwing a toy on Mars without even doing the science and engineering to figure out if it would work! What a bunch of maroons! If only you had gotten to them before they spent all that tax money! We could have has a SpaceX explosion, instead, for less money!

    (Noticing of late, as with our assymptomatic COVID-19 idiot in another thread, that we need a big, flashing, probably colorized, SARCASM sign. )

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @02:47AM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @02:47AM (#1136237)

    Another boring person that can't think for themselves.

    You all failing science class.

    • (Score: 2) by Anti-aristarchus on Monday April 12 2021, @08:37AM (2 children)

      by Anti-aristarchus (14390) on Monday April 12 2021, @08:37AM (#1136290) Journal

      Wonderful example of the Dunning-Kroeger syndrome, in its natural environment! Notice how everyone is an idiot, except for our fine specimen here. Shame that such brilliance is laid to waste some few posts below. Like Khan, shows a marked tendency to 2-dimensional thinking.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @12:47PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @12:47PM (#1136339)

        They are idiots because they can't figure out the basic errors in logic found in this comment I copied from elsewhere, instead they immediately fall back to argument from authority.

        BORING.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @08:51PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 12 2021, @08:51PM (#1136658)

          Yo Mama! There's your authority, kiddo! Now get off our Martian take-off pad!