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Title    Mars Helicopter Flight Delayed to No Earlier than April 14
Date    Sunday April 11 2021, @10:50PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the good-things-come-to-those-who-wait dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=21/04/11/1114242

upstart writes in with an IRC submission:

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.


Original Submission

Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "Mars Helicopter Flight Delayed To No Earlier Than April 14 - Nasa Mars" - https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/status/291/mars-helicopter-flight-delayed-to-no-earlier-than-april-14/
  3. "Ingenuity" - https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/
  4. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=48678

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