According to NASA, the batteries and electrical systems of Ingenuity, which weighs only 1.8 kilos, are fine despite the cold. The first test was therefore successful, now it is expected that the photovoltaic panels installed and the rotor absorb all the sunlight to provide the drone with the right energy to take off on April 11 (in Italy it will be the first hours of the day 12).
The first flight
Ingenuity, which has two counter-rotating propellers and is powered by lithium-ion batteries, will perform five test flights rising up to about five meters and moving away about fifty meters. It will be the first self-powered aircraft to fly over the surface of another planet. He does not carry scientific instruments, only a camera. Its flight will serve to demonstrate that it is possible to fly autonomously on Mars which has a much more subtle atmosphere than that of Earth, an important milestone for subsequent human missions.
April 6, 2021 (change April 6, 2021 | 10:26)