NASA aborts flight Mars helicopter flight after 'anomaly' detected

NASA aborts flight of Ingenuity helicopter on Mars after ‘anomalyis detected in its flight-control motors

  • NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter suffered an ‘anomalyprior to its 14th flight on Mars
  • Two of its flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout
  • This is the first of Ingenuity’s flights that has been aborted for a hardware issue
  • 独创性, which was only scheduled to perform five flights, has spent more than seven months on Mars
  • Ingenuity and NASA’s other Mars missions, will undergo a two-week blackout in early October due ‘solar conjunction
  • 美国宇航局 said its Ingenuity helicopter flying around on Mars suffered an ‘anomalyprior to its 14th flight on the Red Planet, prompting the flight to be delayed.

    The 14th flight was supposed to happen on September 18, but the ‘anomalyoccurred when two of Ingenuity’s flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout, known as the ‘servo wiggle.

    Ingenuity promptly canceled the flight, Jaakko Karras, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Deputy Operations Lead at NASA JPL, wrote in a 博客文章.

    This is the first of Ingenuity’s flights that has been aborted for a hardware issue.

    NASA's Ingenuity helicopter suffered an 'anomaly' prior to its 14th flight on Mars

    NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter suffered an ‘anomalyprior to its 14th flight on Mars

    Two of its flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout. Ingenuity has six servos in total, three on each rotor

    Two of its flight-control servo motors oscillated during the pre-flight checkout. Ingenuity has six servos in total, three on each rotor

    至今, the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity, which was only scheduled to perform five flights, have spent more than seven months on Mars.

    This flight would have shown Ingenuity’s ability to fly with 2,700 revolutions per minute, slightly more than the 2,537 rpms it has used previously, Space.com 已报告.

    NASA is increasing Ingenuity's (剩下) RPMs because of the 'decreasing atmospheric density caused by seasonal changes on Mars' on Mars's Jezero Crater

    NASA is increasing Ingenuity’s (剩下) RPMs because of the ‘decreasing atmospheric density caused by seasonal changes on Marson Mars’s Jezero Crater

    INGENUITY FLIGHTS SO FAR

    Flight one: 四月 19, 2021 with a vertical takeoff up to 9.8ft, stationary hover and a landing

    Flight two: 四月 22, 2021 with a vertical takeoff up to 16ft, hover, then shift westward for 14ft before returning and landing

    Flight three: 四月 25, 2021 with a vertical takeoff up to 16ft, hover, shift northwards for 328ft at an airspeed of 2 m/s before returning to land

    Flight four: 四月 30, 2021 with a vertical takeoff up to 16ft, hover, shift southwards 873ft at 3.5m/s before returning to land

    Flight five: 可能 7, 2021 with a vertical takeoff up to 33ft, hover, shift southwards 423ft at 3.5 m/s before landing at that new location

    Flight six: 可能 22, 2021 with a vertical takeoff of 33ft, hover, shift southwest 492ft at 9mph, travel 49ft south, travel 164ft before returning to land

    Flight seven: 六月 8, 2021 with a vertical takeoff of 33ft, hover, shift 348ft at 9mph, land at Airfield D

    Flight eight: 六月 21, 2021 with a vertical takeoff, hover, shift southwest 520ft, land at Airfield E 438ft away from Perseverance

    Flight nine: 七月 5, 2021 with a record length of 2,050ft southwest over a prospective research location at 16ft per second.

    Flight 10: 七月 24, 2021 with a record height of 40 脚 (12 米) over Raised Ridges to Airfield G. Flight duration 165.4 秒.

    Flight 11: 八月 5, 2021 by flying 1,250ft for 130 seconds in preparation for a series of reconnaissance missions for the Perseverance rover.

    Flight 12: 八月 16, 2021 by flying 1,476ft for 169 秒, climbing 32.8ft in the air, over the ‘South Seitahregion of Mars.

    Flight 13: 九月 5, 2021 by flying 690ft for 160.5 秒, climbing 26ft over one particular ridgeline over the ‘South Seitahregion of Mars.

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    NASA is increasing Ingenuity’s RPMs because of the ‘decreasing atmospheric density caused by seasonal changes on Marson Mars’s Jezero Crater, Karras wrote.

    Ingenuity performed a test on September 15, spinning its rotors at 2,800 rpm successfully, with all other subsystems performing ‘flawlessly.

    然而, two of the six servos (three on each rotor) did not perform three days later, resulting in Ingenuity stopping its flight.

    NASA engineers are not sure what caused the ‘anomaly,’ though they have some ideas.

    ‘One theory for what’s happening is that moving parts in the servo gearboxes and swashplate linkages are beginning to show some wear now that Ingenuity has flown well over twice as many flights as originally planned (13 completed versus five planned),’ Karras wrote.

    ‘Wear in these moving parts would cause increased clearances and increased looseness, and could explain servo oscillation.

    ‘Another theory is that the high-speed spin test left the upper rotor at a position that loads servos 1 和 2 in a unique, oscillation-inducing way that we haven’t encountered before.

    Although the servo motors are smaller than the ones that spin the rotors, they are considered ‘critical to stable, controlled flight,’ Karras added.

    Two of the servos oscillated in the pre-flight ‘servo wiggle.

    Two servo wiggle tests were performed successfully on September 21 和 23, Karras, 解释, adding that the Ingenuity team is working to understand the anomaly and make the four-pound helicopter fly again.

    独创性, along with NASA's other Mars missions, will undergo a two-week blackout due to a phenomena known as 'solar conjunction.' This event, which happens every two years, occurs when the Red Planet is on the other side of the sun from Earth

    独创性, along with NASA’s other Mars missions, will undergo a two-week blackout due to a phenomena known as ‘solar conjunction.This event, which happens every two years, occurs when the Red Planet is on the other side of the sun from Earth

    独创性, along with NASA’s other Mars missions, will undergo a two-week blackout due to a phenomena known as ‘solar conjunction.

    This event, which happens every two years, occurs when the Red Planet is on the other side of the sun from Earth. It can interfere with communications and cause unexpected behavior.

    然而, Ingenuity will not be completely idle during the blackout, scheduled to take place between October 2 和十月 16, Karras wrote.

    ‘Ingenuity and Perseverance will be configured to keep each other company by communicating roughly once a week, with Ingenuity sending basic system health information to its base station on Perseverance.

    他继续: ‘We will receive this data on Earth once we come out of conjunction, and will learn how Ingenuity performs over an extended period of relative inactivity on Mars.

    美国宇航局火星 2020: PERSEVERANCE ROVER AND INGENUITY HELICOPTER ARE SEARCHING FOR LIFE ON THE RED PLANET

    美国宇航局的火星 2020 mission was launched to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet in a bid to help scientists better understand how life evolved on Earth in the earliest years of the evolution of the solar system.

    坚持不懈, the main car-sized rover is exploring an ancient river delta within the Jezero Crater, 曾经充满了1600英尺深的湖泊.

    据认为,该地区的微生物生活有些 3.5 至 3.9 十亿年前,流浪者将检查土壤样本以寻找生命的证据.

    美国国家航空航天局的火星 2020 流浪者 (艺术家的印象) is searching for signs of ancient life on Mars in a bid to help scientists better understand how life evolved on our own planet

    美国国家航空航天局的火星 2020 流浪者 (艺术家的印象) is searching for signs of ancient life on Mars in a bid to help scientists better understand how life evolved on our own planet

    的 $2.5 十亿 (19.5亿英镑) 火星 2020 七月发射的太空飞船 30 里面有流动站和直升机 – 并于二月成功降落 18, 2021.

    Perseverance landed inside the crater and will slowly collect samples that will eventually be returned to Earth for further analysis.

    第二个任务将飞往地球并返回样本, 也许在2020年代后期与欧洲航天局合作.

    这个概念艺术展示了火星 2020 流浪者通过美国宇航局的“天鹤”系统降落在红色星球上

    这个概念艺术展示了火星 2020 漫游者通过NASA的“天鹤”降落在红色星球上’ 系统

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