Ingenuity is currently stationed in the belly of the Fortitude Rover,On a historical mission to the Red Planet. NASA announced that the rover’s power supply successfully brought the rotorcraft’s six lithium-ion batteries to a charge of 35% – the optimum level to keep the battery healthy during a cruise on Mars.
“This was a major milestone, as it was our first opportunity to turn on Ingenuity and give its electronics a ‘test drive’ since its launch on July 30,” said Tim Canham, the Mars helicopter operation. Are the leads. “Since everything went by the book, we would do the same activity every two weeks to maintain an acceptable status.”
NASA said that once strongly touched on Mars, the battery will be charged from the helicopter’s solar panel. If Ingenuity can withstand cold Martian nights, the team will proceed with test flights.
Project manager Mimi Aung said, “This charge activity shows that we have survived the launch and so far we can handle the harsh environment of the interplanetary space.” “We have more to go before we can try the first experimental flight test on another planet, but right now we all feel very good about the future.”
The 4-pound helicopter will attempt to fly solo a few months after touching the rover on Mars. It will first try to rise 10 feet in the extremely thin atmosphere of the planet and fly forward by 6 feet. With each attempt, it will try to go a bit further.
“It’s really like the Wright brothers’ moment,” Aang said last month before the launch.