NASA has decided to postpone the first Ingenuity Mars Helicopter testing aircraft to April 14 after a preliminary completed pilot test. The flight was originally scheduled for April 11.
Washington: NASA has decided to postpone the first Ingenuity Mars Helicopter testing aircraft to April 14 after a preliminary pilot test. The aircraft was scheduled for April 11. “During a high-speed rotors test on Friday, a series of pilot control orders ended abruptly due to the ‘watchdog’ expiration,” NASA said in a statement on Saturday.
“This happened while trying to change the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode. The helicopter is safe and healthy and has delivered its complete set to Earth, ”said the US space agency.
The watchdog timer monitors command sequence and alerts the system to any potential issues. It helps the system to stay safe by moving if a problem is identified and acted upon as planned
The helicopter team is reviewing the telemetry to diagnose and understand the matter, after which they will set aside a speed test program, NASA said.
Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology signal to test a powerful aircraft in another country for the first time. It hit a ride to Mars on the Perseverance rover, which made the February 18 launch of the Red Planet.
Once the rover arrives at the appropriate “helipad”, it will unleash the ingenuity of a series of test planes over the 30-day test window.