The NASA Ingenuity Helicopter was expected to make its first airlift from the martian surface yesterday, April 10th but won’t be happening any longer according to new reports as the delay is due to safety situations but the first experimental flight has been rescheduled to April 14th.
Concerns started due to the situations of the helicopter however, the Space Agency made it known that the copter is “safe and healthy”. There was a safety alert during a high-speed test of the Ingenuity’s rotors which prompted the rescheduling in order to ensure the expensive device doesn’t get damaged.
When the rotor test commenced on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended earlier than expected because of a “watchdog timer” expiration according to NASA. “This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode.”
The agency added that the watchdog timer “oversees the command sequence and alerts the system to any potential issues. It helps the system stay safe by not proceeding if an issue is observed.”
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However, NASA made it known that the team behind Ingenuity are currently diagnosing the issue and will reschedule the rotor test based on the outcome of the diagnosis.
And do not forget that NASA had previously said Ingenuity’s flight date might shift as engineers make adjustments and go through preflight checks.
If everything go well, the Ingenuity will on Wednesday April 14th be the first man-made flying object on the Martian planet and it will be controlled remotely from Earth.
The success of the experimentation will help the future development of air transportation on Mars even though many enthusiasts have been anticipating what a trip to the Red planet will be like, NASA made it known that terraforming the planet is still far from reach with the current human technology.