Ingenuity Helicopter – Capable to fly in Mars atmosphere

Ingenuity Helicopter - Capable to fly in Mars atmosphere

Ingenuity Helicopter – Capable to fly in Mars atmosphere.
 
More than a hundred times rarer than Earth’s. We knew about the possibility of flight in the rarefied Martian air in the 90s of the last century. The problem was the technology. We needed super-light and durable materials, miniaturization of electronic components on a scale impossible to achieve 30 years ago. And a significant increase in computing power and computer memory. For example, a desktop PC had 16 MB of memory back then, today the average phone has 32 GB, which is two thousand times more.

The idea of building a Martian helicopter resurfaced about five years ago – and here it is Ingenuity is flying the Perseverance rover to the Red Planet. We’ll find out in a few months if it gets airborne there. It is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18, 2021. In flight, they are even more united. Ingenuity, together with the folded propellers and solar panels, is hidden in a container on the rover’s chassis. Big and heavy, Perseverance protects the tiny helicopter during space travel.

It is an absolutely independent unit from the rover. Their actions on Mars are not correlated, they do not complement each other. The helicopter is to demonstrate technological capabilities and that’s it. All it has to do is set up properly, recharge his batteries. Show that it can get up in the air and land.

Vehicle data:
Weight: 1.8 kg
Length: 49 cm

The spacing of the propellers reaches 120 cm.

Propellers can move at a frequency of 2400 rpm.
It can fly for 90 seconds at a time (the first flight of the Wright brothers lasted only 12 seconds). During this time, it can cover 300 m, flying at a height of 3-4 m.
Powered by solar batteries.
A completely autonomous control system equipped with two cameras, sensors supporting navigation and a simple computer.

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