NASAs Mars helicopter, called Ingenuity, effectively powered up for the very first time in space last week.Ingenuity is the first helicopter created to fly on another world. It is presently taking a trip to the Red Planet aboard NASAs Mars 2020 Perseverance rover, which released on July 30. On Aug. 7, the helicopters six lithium-ion batteries were powered up and charged for the first time in space. The 4-lb. (1.8 kgs) Ingenuity, which is currently stowed underneath Perseverances belly, receives its charge from the rovers power supply, according to a Thursday (Aug. 13) declaration from NASA. Related: In pictures: NASAs Mars 2020 rover mission to the Red Planet” This was a big turning point, as it was our very first opportunity to switch on Ingenuity and provide its electronic devices a test drive since we released on July 30,” Tim Canham, the operations lead for Mars Helicopter at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, said in the declaration. “Since whatever went by the book, well carry out the exact same activity about every 2 weeks to preserve an acceptable state of charge.” Charging the batteries took eight hours, during which NASA evaluated and analyzed their performance. The batteries were charged just to 35% of their optimum level, in order to maintain optimum battery health, according to the declaration. Determination is set up to arrive at Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. At some time after that, Ingenuity will separate from the rover, descend to the Red Planet surface and take a few pioneering test flights. (After release on Mars, the helicopters batteries will be charged by its own solar panel.) If the experimental test flights go according to strategy, Ingenuity will show that robotic flight is possible on Mars, unlocking for extensive aerial exploration on future missions. ” This charge activity shows we have actually endured launch which up until now we can manage the harsh environment of interplanetary space,” MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL, said in the statement. “We have a lot more firsts to go before we can attempt the very first experimental flight test on another planet, but today we are all feeling extremely great about the future.” Follow Samantha Mathewson @Sam_Ashley13. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook..
NASAs Mars helicopter, called Ingenuity, successfully powered up for the first time in area last week.Ingenuity is the very first helicopter developed to fly on another world. Related: In pictures: NASAs Mars 2020 rover mission to the Red Planet” This was a big milestone, as it was our first chance to turn on Ingenuity and provide its electronic devices a test drive since we introduced on July 30,” Tim Canham, the operations lead for Mars Helicopter at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, stated in the statement.” This charge activity shows we have actually made it through launch and that so far we can manage the harsh environment of interplanetary space,” MiMi Aung, the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter job manager at JPL, stated in the declaration.