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Ingenuity’s flight schedule

Ingenuity’s first flight on Mars is now a go for late on April 11th, with the first data arriving in the early hours of April 12th.

The flight plan should that first flight go as expected is as follows:

The helicopter team has 30 Martian sols (roughly 31 days on Earth) to take the first tentative flights. Assuming Ingenuity survives the first flight, it will rest and transmit data before attempting a second flight with lateral movement. Subsequent flights will happen every three or four Martian sols. The fifth flight — if Ingenuity gets that far — will be a chance to really soar. “The probability is it would be unlikely it will land safely because we will go into unsurveyed areas,” Aung said.

They have unlocked and tested the rotary blades, with all working as planned.

To watch JPL will have a live stream which I will embed on Behind the Black when it goes live at about 3:30 am Eastern on the morning of April 12th.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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3 comments

  • mkent

    Ingenuity’s first flight on Mars is now a go for late on April 11th, with the first data arriving in the early hours of April 12th.

    Nope. No earlier than April 14th.

  • mkent: I thank you for noting this, but I must add that you have a very impolite way of doing so, and you have done this repeatedly in other posts..

    The press release went out less than an hour ago. Yet your comment does not note this, but instead is written to imply that my post was incorrect, from the beginning.

    A more courteous and polite way to note the schedule change would have been to also note that the change has just been announced.

    Just sayin’.

  • David M. Cook

    It‘s interesting to note that every single person I talk to about the “Mars Rover” (as if it‘s the first one!) wants to know when the helicopter will fly. I remind them that it‘s a small part of a large scientific mission, but most don‘t care. The‘re just jazzed about the chopper!

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