Prototype testing on Mars

inertia

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Very interested to see this. Who would have thought a helicopter would work in such a thin atmosphere.

Interesting and fun

Well-funded engineers willing to push the envelope were paid to think of everything necessary to meet the parameters for the basics of Martian flight.

- Before becoming a CO2 aircraft* ingenuity was also a spacecraft. This too had to be implemented into the total design.

Once safely positioned on the Martian surface with a ~ 20-minute time delay any control from Earth is not feasible with the precision required to maintain flight. So JPL developed an autonomous flight system with a sensor suite that provides continuous feedback using onboard gyroscopes, accelerometers, an altimeter, and an inclinometer coupled with optics with a control algorithm.

Will it work the first time?

..........

* Is "aircraft" the correct terminology?
 
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Interesting and fun

Well-funded engineers willing to push the envelope were paid to think of everything necessary to meet the parameters for the basics of Martian flight.

- Before becoming a CO2 aircraft* ingenuity was also a spacecraft. This too had to be implemented into the total design.

Once safely positioned on the Martian surface with a ~ 20-minute time delay any control from Earth is not feasible with the precision required to maintain flight. So JPL developed an autonomous flight system with a sensor suite that provides continuous feedback using onboard gyroscopes, accelerometers, an altimeter, and an inclinometer coupled with optics with a control algorithm.

Will it work the first time?

..........

* Is "aircraft" the correct terminology?
Well in its favour there are no trees to crash into. :)

Aircraft.... hmmmm thinaircraft.
 

inertia

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Well in its favour there are no trees to crash into. :)

Aircraft.... hmmmm thinaircraft.

I understand that ingenuity was designed for a dust storm. Finding any plant, even the fossilized variety, would be a game-changer.

Since "air" is defined as:

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and the Martian atmosphere is defined as:

Mars Atmosphere.JPG

I'm thinking that this atmosphere should be called a rarified carbon dioxide environment. On second thought "Martian Atmosphere" will do just fine.
 

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