March 4, 2024

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NASA makes its Ingenuity helicopter wobble

NASA makes its Ingenuity helicopter wobble

NASA's Mars helicopter is in trouble. Ingenuity is having trouble with its propeller after it crashed during its last mission. Not a nice way to stop, but NASA wants to help Ingenuity. The drone should be swayed to see how bad its propellers are.

It was Ingenuity's 72nd mission that caused the helicopter to crash in late January. Too bad, because it has already been decided that this will be the device's last mission. One of the rotor blades broke, but there were some problems for a while. The connection was lost for a while and now the codes are broken. They typically rotate 2,537 times per minute, and if one of them rotates less well, it can be disastrous for other parts of the helicopter. A helicopter that lacks balance will not function properly and will only cause more damage.

Broken marching helicopter

NASA and JPL aren't yet sure what caused the rotor blades to fail, says Teddy Tzanitos, Ingenuity's project manager. The helicopter's power may have suddenly increased significantly before it hits the ground, or a so-called blackout (blackout) occurred, causing it to hit the ground. Now organizations want to ensure that the blades rotate quietly and view video images to assess the condition of the machine. NASA can also adjust the angle of the blades slightly, which could help detect the error.

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Whatever this wobble turns out to be, Ingenuity has had an impressive career on Mars. Humanity has never been there before, but this helicopter has helped reveal a lot about the planet. He helped the Mars Perseverance rover by knowing where the rover could go. The terrain on this planet is very rugged and the Mars rover could easily get stuck. The helicopter did preliminary work by flying steadily forward.

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Moreover, NASA never dreamed it would do so well: it was questionable whether it would take off at all, because the density of the atmosphere is less than one percent of the density of Earth's atmosphere. The target was five flights, but it turned out to be 72 flights. It wasn't long trips: 2 hours and 17 kilometers total, but very impressive. And that's it, no matter what NASA finds.

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