NASA is actively preparing for the imminent launch of the Ingenuity Mars helicopter. If all goes well, this event will go down in history as the first manned, controlled flight to another planet.
The Ingenuity drone arrived on the Red Planet with the Perseverance rover. It weighs just under 2 kilograms and is now attached to the bottom of the rover. A few days ago the cover protecting the helicopter during landing was jettisoned, and on April 8 the helicopter will be deployed. Currently Perseverance is on its way to the flight site, which was predetermined by the space agency’s engineers.
Deployment of Ingenuity will last several days and includes the transfer of the helicopter from an upright position to the horizontal. Only after that the device will be placed on the planet, and the rover will go on to furrow the desert expanses. NASA is aware of all the difficulties that will have to face during the first flight. To this end, the helicopter has been given a small size and knows how to keep warm in the harsh conditions of the Red Planet. The drone has passed a number of tests at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, but representatives of the space agency are not fully confident in the successful outcome of the venture.
If NASA manages to launch the helicopter into the air, it will become the first flight of the guided vehicle on another planet. Reportedly, along with Ingenuity sent to Mars part of the material covering the wing of the famous aircraft Flyer 1, created by the Wright Brothers.