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Old April 18th 21, 11:40 PM posted to alt.astronomy
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter set to take historic flight on Mars today
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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will today attempt to become the first aircraft
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Latest news from NASA is they plan to fly around 6pm eastern.
The new nav s/w has been downloaded and prop has been stretched.
Cross fingers it doesn't immediately smash into a rock.

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On 4/18/2021 3:40 PM, wrote:
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter set to take historic flight on Mars today
ABC NEWS on MSN.com, 18 Apr 2021 19:32Z
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will today attempt to become the first aircraft
to lift off from the surface of ...

Latest news from NASA is they plan to fly around 6pm eastern.
The new nav s/w has been downloaded and prop has been stretched.
Cross fingers it doesn't immediately smash into a rock.

They are saying they did it!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/19/world...rnd/index.html

NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic
first flight
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By Ashley Strickland, CNN

Updated 10:08 AM ET, Mon April 19, 2021

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'A dream come true': NASA scientist on Mars rover landing
(CNN)The Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its historic
flight on Mars and safely landed back on the surface, according to NASA.

The first powered, controlled flight on another planet took place at
3:34 a.m. ET.
Unlike when the helicopter's fellow traveler, the Perseverance rover,
landed on Mars on February 18, there was a bit of wait to know how the
helicopter fared in its attempt.
The helicopter team was in mission control at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory in Pasadena, California, early Monday morning to receive and
analyze the first data from Ingenuity's flight attempt.

Live coverage began on NASA's site Monday morning at 6:15 a.m. ET,
shortly before confirmation of the flight's success at 6:46 a.m. A
postflight briefing is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
The flight was originally scheduled for April 11, but plans shifted
after a command-sequence issue was discovered when the helicopter went
through a system of preflight checks with its software. The helicopter
team received data on April 16 showing that the helicopter successfully
completed its rapid spin test after employing a command sequence tweak.
The chopper autonomously flew through the thin Martian atmosphere, with
no help from its teams on Earth.
"We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another
planet," said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at JPL. "We've been
talking about our Wright Brothers moment on another planet for so long.
And now, here it is."
Images, in addition to the data, also helped the team confirm that the
flight was successful.
A lower-resolution black-and-white image from the helicopter's
navigation camera appeared first.
The helicopter's navigation camera captured a view of the
Ingenuity's shadow on the Martian surface during its first flight.
The helicopter's navigation camera captured a view of the Ingenuity's
shadow on the Martian surface during its first flight.
The Perseverance rover has already returned several images it captured
of the helicopter.
A view from the Perseverance rover shows Ingenuity with its blades in
motion.
A view from the Perseverance rover shows Ingenuity with its blades in
motion.
The rover will continue to send back more images and video from several
of its cameras. A post shared on the NASA Perseverance rover Twitter
account provides a nice preview of what's to come.

You wouldn't believe what I just saw.

More images and video to come...#MarsHelicopterhttps://t.co/PLapgbHeZU
pic.twitter.com/mbiOGx4tJZ

— NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) April 19, 2021
"Ingenuity is the latest in a long and storied tradition of NASA
projects achieving a space exploration goal once thought impossible,"
said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk in a statement. "The X-15
was a pathfinder for the space shuttle. Mars Pathfinder and its
Sojourner rover did the same for three generations of Mars rovers. We
don't know exactly where Ingenuity will lead us, but today's results
indicate the sky -- at least on Mars -- may not be the limit."
First flight
Ingenuity, which is a technology demonstration, flew for about 40
seconds total on Monday. The 4-pound helicopter spun up its two 4-foot
blades, rose up 10 feet (3 meters) in the air, hovered, took a photo,
and touched back down on Mars.
Ingenuity could fly up to four more times over the coming weeks.
Mars Perseverance rover snaps selfie photo with Ingenuity helicopter
Mars Perseverance rover snaps selfie photo with Ingenuity helicopter
"Mars is hard not only when you land, but when you try to take off from
it and fly around, too," Aung said. "It has significantly less gravity,
but less than 1% the pressure of our atmosphere at its surface. Put
those things together, and you have a vehicle that demands every input
be right."
The Perseverance rover helps the helicopter and its mission team on
Earth communicate with each other. It received the flight instructions
from JPL and sent those plans on to the helicopter. Perseverance is
parked at an overlook 215 feet (65 meters) away from the helicopter so
it could safely watch the flight and capture images and videos.
During the helicopter's hover, it captured images 30 times per second to
feed into the navigation computer. This made sure Ingenuity remained
level and in the middle of its 33-by-33-feet (10-by-10-meter) air field.
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first freezing night on Mars
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter survives first freezing night on Mars
Ingenuity used a second higher-resolution camera pointing toward the
horizon to capture images while the helicopter was aloft.
Once the helicopter landed on Mars, it sent back data through the rover
to Earth.
That first black-and-white image from the helicopter's navigation camera
is key because "that will help us localize where the helicopter landed,"
said Tim Canham, Ingenuity operations lead at JPL.
"The primary purpose of this project is to get that detailed engineering
data that we can see the performance of the vehicle, and then that data
can be used by future projects to make even bigger and better
helicopters," Canham said.
The airfield now bears a new name fitting for this historic event.
"Now, 117 years after the Wright brothers succeeded in making the first
flight on our planet, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter has succeeded in
performing this amazing feat on another world," said Thomas Zurbuchen,
associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in a
statement.
"While these two iconic moments in aviation history may be separated by
time and 173 million miles of space, they now will forever be linked. As
an homage to the two innovative bicycle makers from Dayton, this first
of many airfields on other worlds will now be known as Wright Brothers
Field, in recognition of the ingenuity and innovation that continue to
propel exploration."
Future flights
"The Mars Helicopter project has gone from 'blue sky' feasibility study
to workable engineering concept to achieving the first flight on another
world in a little over six years," said Michael Watkins, director of
JPL, in a statement.
Ingenuity Mars helicopter: The historic journey to fly on another planet
Ingenuity Mars helicopter: The historic journey to fly on another planet
After the first flight, Ingenuity will get a "rest day" to charge up
using its solar panel. The team will use data sent back by the
helicopter this week to plan its next flight, now scheduled for no
earlier than April 22.
"We have been thinking for so long about having our Wright brothers
moment on Mars, and here it is," Aung said. "We will take a moment to
celebrate our success and then take a cue from Orville and Wilbur
regarding what to do next. History shows they got back to work -- to
learn as much as they could about their new aircraft -- and so will we."
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The cadence between flights will get progressively shorter. Ingenuity
could fly four days after the first flight, then three days after the
second flight and so on. The latter flights could see the helicopter
rising as high as 16 feet (5 meters) and performing lateral movements up
to 50 feet (15 meters) out and back.
"Once we get to the fourth and fifth flights, we'll have fun," Aung
said. "We really want to push the limits. It's not every day that you
get to test a rotorcraft on Mars. So we want to be very adventurous."
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Old April 19th 21, 04:09 PM posted to alt.astronomy
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a425couple wrote:
On 4/18/2021 3:40 PM, wrote:
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter set to take historic flight on Mars today
ABC NEWS on MSN.com, 18 Apr 2021 19:32Z
NASA's Ingenuity helicopter will today attempt to become the first aircraft
to lift off from the surface of ...

Latest news from NASA is they plan to fly around 6pm eastern.
The new nav s/w has been downloaded and prop has been stretched.
Cross fingers it doesn't immediately smash into a rock.

They are saying they did it!


3m up and down on Mars is like a million miles on Earth!

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/19/world...rnd/index.html
NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its historic
first flight
Ashley Strickland-Profile-Image
By Ashley Strickland, CNN
Updated 10:08 AM ET, Mon April 19, 2021
nasa mars 2020 rover perseverance scientist mission williford intv tsr
vpx_00002130
'A dream come true': NASA scientist on Mars rover landing
...


 




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