Mars First Flight of Ingenuity Has been Postponed Till April 14

First Flight on Mars

Ingenuity is the first helicopter to fly on Mars. After so many challenges, a day has been scheduled for the first flight on Mars. Due to some technical errors, the flight is rescheduled for 14th April. 

The Issue

Perseverance started to deploy the helicopter from March 2021. It took 6 sols (Martian Days) to fully deploy the helicopter. Ingenuity was scheduled to fly on April 8th. Due to some inadequate weather conditions, NASA delayed. The next date was announced on April 11. The weather forecast responded positively. Everything was alright for the flight. At the eleventh hour, NASA’s perseverance and helicopter team noticed some issues on the helicopter. Ingenuity’s high-speed rotor test didn’t go well.

The Apparent Fix

NASA decided to take time and kept a schedule on Wednesday, 14 April. By this time the Ingenuity team was supposed to modify some adjustments. They also mentioned that Ingenuity’s flight software needs to be reinstalled. This might be a fix for the issue. 

A Note for All

If everything goes right then on 14th, Ingenuity will have the taste of Martian Sky. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who is monitoring and running this mission gave a note on 12th April about the matter, “Our best estimate of a targeted flight date is fluid right now, but we are working toward achieving these milestones and will set a flight date next week,”

Wrapping Up

Right now, The team is working hard to fix the issues. It took a lot of work to come at this point. This is the second time the flight has been rescheduled. NASA is very optimistic and determined to see Ingenuity lifting off on the Sky of Mars, so do we all. Fingers crossed for April 14, 2021.

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