Wednesday, July 05, 2023

back in touch

I read the article at SpaceFlightNow about the successful link up with the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.

NASA engineers (er, pilots?) flew the tiny battery-powered chopper further than ever a couple of months back.

On landing, the aircraft was just out of sight, without a direct sight-line to the rover. That's when the team lost contact with the helicopter.

But today, after rover manoeuvres, they achieved a position so resume radio communication between craft and Perseverance mothership. And all is well.

More long-distance leap-frog hops are planned apparently. 

It's good to see things are working well.

Amazing Mars mission.

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