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posted by martyb on Sunday June 06 2021, @10:32PM   Printer-friendly

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NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity set for 7th Red Planet flight on Sunday:

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity will take to the air again this weekend, if all goes according to plan.

Ingenuity's handlers are prepping the 4-lb. (1.8 kilograms) chopper for its seventh Martian flight, which will take place no earlier than Sunday (June 6). The plan is to send Ingenuity to a new airfield, about 350 feet (105 meters) south of its current location on the floor of Jezero Crater.

"This will mark the second time the helicopter will land at an airfield that it did not survey from the air during a previous flight," NASA officials wrote in an update on Friday (June 4). "Instead, the Ingenuity team is relying on imagery collected by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that suggests this new base of operations is relatively flat and has few surface obstructions."

Data from the flight will be beamed home to Earth over the three days following the flight, they added.

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Sunday June 06 2021, @10:54PM (1 child)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Sunday June 06 2021, @10:54PM (#1142502) Journal

    Think it's any faster on the other side of the street?

    Ok, we paid the ransom. Do I get my dog back? REDЯUM
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07 2021, @04:25AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 07 2021, @04:25AM (#1142635)

    Ingenuity is solar powered, the panel is tiny, Mars is far from the sun, and most of the power they get goes to keeping the battery from freezing at night. Three days charging for ~90 seconds of flight isn't great but under the circumstances it isn't unreasonable.