NASA has run another successful test on Mars with the Ingenuity helicopter. The flight took 52 seconds this time, and the drone rose to a height of 5 meters and performed a few additional maneuvers. Telemetry data from Mars indicate that the device is in perfect condition, and the Flight Control feature now analyzes how to plan the following three test flights to verify the drone’s capabilities as fully as possible. Less than two weeks left for them. One month later – from the moment creativity was put on Mars – the persistent spacecraft will deal with the essential elements of the mission.
On Monday, during the first flight cleverness It was only supposed to climb three meters, rotate 90 degrees, dangle and land, all of that took less than 40 seconds. Today it was supposed to rise to a height of 5 meters, then tilt slightly and move horizontally 2 meters to the side. There he was wandering for a moment again, then doing some turns to point his camera at some interesting object. Then it returns to the center of the landing site and descends to the surface Mars. The entire set of maneuvers was carried out independently, according to a pre-programmed plan. Because the signal is delayed by several minutes between Mars and Earth, the flight cannot be controlled in flight.
Last night, information emerged about the success of another test, this time on board alone Azika perseverance. This time it is MOXIE DEVICE EXPERIENCEWhich, like the helicopter, shows that some technologies are in operation Mars Possible to use. It is about recovering oxygen from the atmosphere that is dominant in the atmosphere The red planet Saturate. The atmosphere is thin there, 100 times less dense than Earth, and carbon dioxide is 96 percent. Yesterday, after a 2-hour warm-up, the MOXIE produced just over 5 grams of pure oxygen for an hour. This is the amount a person needs to breathe for 10 minutes.
This future technology is to provide oxygen not only for breathing, but also as fuel for a potential manned mission, essential to returning to Earth. It is estimated that the crew of four will need about 7 tons of oxygen. It just shows the scale of the problem. But experiences like yesterday show that this challenge does not have to be insurmountable. It is known that taking such a quantity of oxygen from the ground does not make sense, it is better to take a lighter weight device that will The red planet Will collect. Experience MOXIE is the first step, followed by more … and MOXIE itself will be turned on 9 more times …