It became known that the sixth flight of the Martian helicopter Ingenuity, who was held on May 22, was accompanied by technical failures. Despite this, the device as a whole managed to cope with the tasks assigned and successfully sat on the surface of the Red Planet. This was announced by the Space.com portal with reference to the data of the National Aeronautics and Space and Space Research (NASA).
According to the flight plan, the 1.8-killographed Ingenuity was to rise to a height of 10 meters above the surface of the planet and fly 150 meters in the south-west direction. After that, he had to fly another 15 meters south, while making pictures of the terrain. In the final stage, Ingenuity was supposed to fly 50 meters to the northeast and landing.
The first stage of the flight passed in normal mode, but on the 54th second there was a technical failure that interrupted the flow of images coming from the navigation chamber on the on-board computer. “This failure led to the loss of one image, but more importantly, he led to the fact that all subsequent navigation images began to receive inaccurate temporary tags. From this point on, each time the navigation system performed a navigation-based correction, its work was based on incorrect information about when the image was made, “the NASA representative said.
As a result of the inconsistency of the navigation system, it was necessary to constantly adjust the data for accounting for errors, because of what Ingenuity hesitated to be strongly heated during the flight. According to the data available, at some points of the flight, the deviation on the roll reached 20 °, and sharp jumps in the energy consumption plan were recorded. Despite these problems, Dron managed to complete the flight, having completed a successful landing 5 meters from the planned point.
«Although we did not plan to carry out such a tense flight, now NASA has data that will allow to investigate the boundaries of the performance range. These data will be carefully analyzed in the future, which will expand our knowledge about the possibilities of helicopters on Mars, “the NASA representative believes.