NASA: “Smart” helicopter first flew on Mars as early as April 11
China News Service, April 7th. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced that the “Smart” helicopter will not make its first test flight on Mars before April 11. The first power-controlled flight on a planet.
It is reported that the helicopter will rise to an altitude of about 3 meters during its first flight. If it succeeds, subsequent flights will be carried out at an altitude of about 5 meters.
p > On April 4, 2021 local time, an original NASA helicopter landed on the surface of Mars before flying.
It is reported that if the “Smart” helicopter test flight as scheduled, at about 3:30 am Eastern Time on April 12th, NASA will broadcast live on multiple platforms and major social media accounts. The “Smart” helicopter team analyzed the flight test data.
However, the flight date may still change depending on the specific deployment, pre-flight inspection and aircraft location.
According to previous news, the “Smart” will fly for the first time around April 8. NASA notified on April 6 that the first flight would be delayed for several days, but did not explain the reason for the delay.
The “Smart” arrived on Mars in February as part of the “Perseverance” rover mission. According to NASA’s plan, the Mars rover will carefully observe the helicopter test situation and forward the images and other information obtained during the test to the earth.