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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1220 on: 12/05/2023 02:55 pm »
I think it’s a dust shadow. While Ingenuity is sitting on the surface, the blades collect dust that would’ve fallen on the ground, creating a dust shadow. As the X is a bright color, the dust must therefore be a dark color.
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1221 on: 12/05/2023 05:26 pm »
I think it’s a dust shadow. While Ingenuity is sitting on the surface, the blades collect dust that would’ve fallen on the ground, creating a dust shadow. As the X is a bright color, the dust must therefore be a dark color.

Yes, that can't be completely excluded yet, but in most areas on Mars seen so far, dust was always bright compared to the darker surface. Especially visible in the dust devil tracks which are always dark as there the bright dust was removed from the darker surface.

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1222 on: 12/08/2023 05:09 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasajpl/status/1733186489411125468

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It’s time for Flight 68 🚁

The #MarsHelicopter will attempt this flight no earlier than Dec. 9. Ingenuity is expected to fly 2,717 ft (828 m) for about 147 seconds.

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/status/500/flight-68-preview-by-the-numbers/

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1223 on: 12/08/2023 05:55 pm »
Will that be the longest flight in Ingenuity's career?

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1224 on: 12/08/2023 06:08 pm »
Will that be the longest flight in Ingenuity's career?
True, it should exceed even the distance covered during the Flight 25, which is currently the longest one (2,310 ft or 704 m).

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Re: Helicopter X shadow seen again on sol 961 flight 66
« Reply #1225 on: 12/12/2023 09:40 pm »
Now confirmed by a monochrome Navcam image released a few minutes ago:
https://twitter.com/areoinfo/status/1731859150479806745

The raw color image showing the X remaining permanently on the surface resisting rotor wash during takeoff to flight 66 on sol 962 Nov 4 UTC (Nov 3 US timezones) was finally released to the public today: https://areo.info/mars20/ecams/0962 The 4 round marks on the ground are the helicopter's footprints where it stayed over night after landing from flight 65 the day before.

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1226 on: 12/16/2023 10:14 am »
https://twitter.com/nasajpl/status/1735775504668729499

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Making it official: With the donation of an Ingenuity prototype to the @Smithsonian's @airandspace museum, the #MarsHelicopter will forever be recognized as part of aviation history. ✨

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1227 on: 12/19/2023 05:27 pm »
https://twitter.com/nasajpl/status/1737137260519432406

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The #MarsHelicopter completed its 68th flight over the weekend, traveling about 2,310 ft (705 m) for 135 seconds. This is the longest distance Ingenuity has flown since Flight 25! https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/index.cfm?fl=desc

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1228 on: 12/19/2023 07:56 pm »
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The #MarsHelicopter will attempt Flight 69 no earlier than Dec. 19.

This engineering flight test is expected to be a similar route to Flight 68, with Ingenuity traveling about 2,303 ft (702 m) for 131 seconds at an altitude of 52 ft (16 m).

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/status/501/flight-69-preview-by-the-numbers/

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1229 on: 12/22/2023 06:52 am »
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'Tis the season of flying for Ingenuity! 🎁

The #MarsHelicopter completed Flight 69, traveling its longest distance so far at ~2,313 ft (705 m) for 135 seconds. It will attempt Flight 70 no earlier than Dec. 22:

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/status/504/flight-70-preview-by-the-numbers/

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STATUS UPDATES | December 21, 2023
Flight 70 Preview – By the Numbers
Written by NASA/JPL

Flight 70
Expected flight date: 12/22/2023
Horizontal flight distance: 258.735 meters
Expected flight time: 129.37 seconds
Flight altitude: 12 meters
Heading: West
Max flight speed: 3 m/s
Goal of flight: Reposition Helicopter
Airfield: Same

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1230 on: 01/07/2024 06:19 am »
https://twitter.com/nasajpl/status/1743362511955710266

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Ingenuity is ready for Flight 71. 🚁

The #MarsHelicopter will attempt to fly as early as tomorrow, Jan. 6, and is expected to travel 358 meters for 125 seconds. More stats are available in the flight log: go.nasa.gov/3TQj9XN

https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/status/506/flight-71-preview-by-the-numbers/

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STATUS UPDATES | January 05, 2024
Flight 71 Preview – By the Numbers
Written by NASA/JPL

Flight 71
Expected flight date: 01/06/2024
Horizontal flight distance: 358.3 meters
Expected flight time: 124.92 seconds
Flight altitude: 12 meters
Heading: West
Max flight speed: 7 m/s
Goal of flight: Reposition Helicopter
Airfield: Same
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1231 on: 01/10/2024 05:08 pm »
During Flight 71 Ingenuity has covered only 71 meters (instead of planned 358 meters of distance).

https://twitter.com/nasajpl/status/1744886924685554060?s=61&t=uSNw6T20VDCRMgareG7PZA

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Ingenuity completed Flight 71!

The #MarsHelicopter landed successfully, but earlier than expected. The relatively featureless terrain it flew over (sand ripples with few or no rocks) proved to be a challenge for its navigation system. See the stats: go.nasa.gov/2U43zuH
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1232 on: 01/20/2024 12:54 am »
https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1748511611110002728

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The #MarsHelicopter executed Flight 72 on Jan. 18, but on its descent, communication between Ingenuity and
@NASAPersevere
 terminated prior to touchdown. The team is analyzing available data and considering next steps to reestablish comms. http://go.nasa.gov/4b3wRN6
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1234 on: 01/21/2024 01:13 am »
« Last Edit: 01/21/2024 01:14 am by Blackstar »

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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1235 on: 01/21/2024 01:27 am »
Not dead yet:

https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1748883252604236281



Yes, just like a Disney movie ending.  Thanks, Blackstar,  my evening got better.
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1236 on: 01/21/2024 11:07 pm »
Not dead yet:

https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1748883252604236281



Yes, just like a Disney movie ending.  Thanks, Blackstar,  my evening got better.

+1. Catdlr and I had a gentleperson's disagreement in the Peregrine thread about the loss of a mission being the same as losing a family member, but I will fully admit that when I heard about the lost comms from Ginny on Flight 72 my breath did catch for a moment. And I will be holding my breath from liftoff until I hear "Wheel stop" from Tenacity sometime this year.

:cheers:
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1237 on: 01/22/2024 04:53 am »
Not dead yet:

https://twitter.com/NASAJPL/status/1748883252604236281



Yes, just like a Disney movie ending.  Thanks, Blackstar,  my evening got better.

+1. Catdlr and I had a gentleperson's disagreement in the Peregrine thread about the loss of a mission being the same as losing a family member, but I will fully admit that when I heard about the lost comms from Ginny on Flight 72 my breath did catch for a moment. And I will be holding my breath from liftoff until I hear "Wheel stop" from Tenacity sometime this year.

:cheers:

+1 (too), Jafo.   The level of emotion can be quite intense and varied, and that's what makes it all worth it. If the landing of Tenacity is anything like the first Shuttle landing I witnessed at Edwards (STS-001), then it will be a time for high-fives and celebrating with strangers. There were also amazing moments, like when Shuttle Endeavor crossed the I-405 and thousands of space enthusiasts were shouting 'USA...USA..USA'. It's hard to describe the rush that comes with such moments. Although I wasn't involved in the program, I can only imagine what it must have felt like for those who were.

Not to extinguish the excitement, on the opposite, this upcoming week at NASA is very emotional for many friends, family, employees, and fans.  Space is hard.

Best
Tony.
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1238 on: 01/22/2024 11:38 am »
STS-1? Cool!
I saw STS-6 at Eddy, and -135 at KSC. Cheered at both, shed a tear a KSC. (and was also secretly relieved. The more I watched the MIT open lectures about the Shuttle the more amazed I was that it flew. Brilliant engineers.)


Good times.
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Re: Ingenuity, Mars 2020 Helicopter Drone
« Reply #1239 on: 01/22/2024 12:38 pm »
February 1st is my gut clench.  I was starting a fun day autocrossing with friends out at Mineral Wells, TX when Columbia came overhead.  When I saw the first piece come off almost straight overhead, I literally got a knot in my stomach.  About every 15 seconds or so some other piece would come off, and I knew they weren't going to make it.

Turned the news radio on, and I remember people arguing about what they were seeing, and hearing their awful realization of what they were witnessing.

A tough couple of weeks for NASA folks indeed.
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