The NASA Ingenuity Martian helicopter has returned to full flight

The NASA Ingenuity Martian helicopter has returned to full flight

The Martian winter, during which, at the landing site of the Perseverance janitor with an Ingenuity helicopter, there was a lot of dust and little sun, forced it to suspend 1.8-kg "birds." After nearly two months of inaction, the helicopter made a short jump on 20 August and gutted the solar panels from the Martian dust, and the other day, the machine returned to full operation and performed its 31st flight in the atmosphere of Mars, during which it flew 97 metres.

Every new flight of Ingenuity is a small engineering and scientific feat. The machine was designed to demonstrate the ability to fly in the extremely thin atmosphere of Mars. The helicopter was expected to fly at least five times, and it flies and flies all the time. Even the failure of one of the sensors was not an obstacle.

The flight took place in the direction of the delta of the prehistoric river at the point of impact in the ancient lake that formed the crest of Esero. There is now a Perseverance jockey that takes samples of the ground to Earth in about 10 years, and the reliability of the helicopter platform of Ingenuity has been so high that NASA has changed plans to return samples from Mars to Earth. Now, instead of a special cruiser, the samples to the returning platform will be collected and delivered by helicopters.