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BumRushDaShow

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Sat Jan 20, 2024, 07:09 PM Jan 2024

NASA finds Ingenuity after losing contact with the Mars helicopter

Last edited Sun Jan 21, 2024, 05:02 AM - Edit history (1)

Source: NPR

Updated January 20, 2024 9:40 PM ET


NASA is back in contact with its beloved helicopter on Mars, Ingenuity, two days after a communication blackout. Communications broke down on Thursday, when the little autonomous rotorcraft was sent on a "quick pop-up vertical flight," to test its systems after an unplanned early landing during its previous flight, the agency said in a status update on Friday night.

The Perseverance rover, which relays data between the helicopter and Earth during the flights, showed that Ingenuity climbed to its assigned maximum altitude of 40 feet, NASA said.

During its planned descent, the helicopter and rover stopped communicating with each other. But good news came late on Saturday, when NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted that it had reestablished contact with the helicopter after instructing the rover "to perform long-duration listening sessions for Ingenuity's signal."

The Ingenuity team is reviewing the new data to understand the unexpected communications dropout that occurred during the helicopter's 72nd flight, it added.

Read more: https://www.npr.org/2024/01/20/1225845938/nasa-mars-ingenuity-helicopter-lost



Article updated.

Original article/headline -

NASA is looking for Ingenuity after losing contact with the Mars helicopter

January 20, 2024 3:03 PM ET


NASA has lost contact with its beloved helicopter on Mars, Ingenuity.

Communications broke down on Thursday, when the little autonomous rotorcraft was sent on a "quick pop-up vertical flight," to test its systems after an unplanned early landing during its previous flight, the agency said in a status update on Friday night.

The Perseverance rover, which relays data between the helicopter and Earth during the flights, showed that Ingenuity climbed to its assigned maximum altitude of 40 feet, NASA said. But during its planned descent, the helicopter and rover stopped communicating with each other.

The Ingenuity team is looking at next steps in attempts to restore communication with the helicopter, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a tweet. Operators may drive Perseverance closer to where it lost contact with the helicopter.
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NASA finds Ingenuity after losing contact with the Mars helicopter (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Jan 2024 OP
They should ask Elmo, he's the self-driving expert /nt bucolic_frolic Jan 2024 #1
If it's lost it's too bad, but it was only hoped it could make 5 flights OnlinePoker Jan 2024 #2
NASA has a great record JoseBalow Jan 2024 #3
They took Scotty's advice to do that ArkansasDemocrat1 Jan 2024 #13
Maybe just give ity new ingen. C Moon Jan 2024 #4
Sooner or later, all that gritty sand, high winds, unfiltered UV, and wide temperature swings ... eppur_se_muova Jan 2024 #5
Built to last. Like the Voyager spacecraft. paleotn Jan 2024 #10
They got more time by tapping the emergency power reserve ArkansasDemocrat1 Jan 2024 #14
The helicopter's performance exceeded expectations by an enormous margin. Only a few experimental maneuvers were Martin68 Jan 2024 #6
Found it dcweed Jan 2024 #7
THANKS!!! Updated the OP. BumRushDaShow Jan 2024 #8
Love a happy ending! hueymahl Jan 2024 #9
Massive amounts of water were found on Mars. pfitz59 Jan 2024 #11
Somebody must have parked their Imperial Star Destroyer in the... LudwigPastorius Jan 2024 #12

OnlinePoker

(5,731 posts)
2. If it's lost it's too bad, but it was only hoped it could make 5 flights
Sat Jan 20, 2024, 07:40 PM
Jan 2024

That it has made 70 is an outstanding achievement.

eppur_se_muova

(36,319 posts)
5. Sooner or later, all that gritty sand, high winds, unfiltered UV, and wide temperature swings ...
Sat Jan 20, 2024, 11:41 PM
Jan 2024

... will finish off any Martian probe. It's a fantastic tribute to NASA engineers that so many of their products exceed expectations, not by small margins, but by one or two orders of magnitude.

paleotn

(18,029 posts)
10. Built to last. Like the Voyager spacecraft.
Sun Jan 21, 2024, 11:03 AM
Jan 2024

I was a young whipper snapper trying to figure out what to do with my life when Voyager 1 and 2 launched in '77. Now I'm in the last phase of my career, with retirement coming over the horizon. V1 and 2 may out last me.

ArkansasDemocrat1

(1,328 posts)
14. They got more time by tapping the emergency power reserve
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 12:46 AM
Jan 2024

last year about this time IIRC

I was in 7th grade when they launched.

Martin68

(23,023 posts)
6. The helicopter's performance exceeded expectations by an enormous margin. Only a few experimental maneuvers were
Sat Jan 20, 2024, 11:56 PM
Jan 2024

planned, but it kept going far beyond the design parameters. A huge success no matter what has happened at this stage. it was not designed to last more than a few days.

pfitz59

(10,430 posts)
11. Massive amounts of water were found on Mars.
Sun Jan 21, 2024, 04:50 PM
Jan 2024

Sparking hopes for manned exploration. There would be no shortage of volunteers. We're all going to die, why not do it on a one-way mission into the history books?

LudwigPastorius

(9,290 posts)
12. Somebody must have parked their Imperial Star Destroyer in the...
Mon Jan 22, 2024, 12:43 AM
Jan 2024

line-of-sight between Ingenuity and Earth.

Where's Trump's Space Force to issue tickets when you need them?

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