A livestream will start at 3:15 a.m. PDT that morning because the helicopter crew prepares to obtain the information downlink at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA is focusing on no sooner than Monday, April 19, for the primary flight of its Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at roughly 3:30 a.m. EDT (12:30 a.m. PDT).
Information from the primary flight will return to Earth just a few hours following the autonomous flight. A livestream will start at 6:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 a.m. PDT) because the helicopter crew prepares to obtain the information downlink within the House Flight Operations Facility at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Watch on NASA Tv, the company app, website, and social media platforms, together with YouTube and Facebook.
If the flight takes place April 19, a postflight briefing will likely be held at 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT).
The contributors are:
- Thomas Zurbuchen, affiliate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
- Michael Watkins, JPL director
- MiMi Aung, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mission supervisor at JPL
- Bob Balaram, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter chief engineer at JPL
- Håvard Grip, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter chief pilot at JPL
- Justin Maki, Perseverance Mars rover imaging scientist and deputy principal investigator of Mastcam-Z instrument at JPL
The general public additionally could ask questions on social media throughout the livestream and briefing utilizing #MarsHelicopter.
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The unique flight date of April 11 shifted as engineers labored on preflight checks and an answer to a command sequence issue. The rover will present help throughout flight operations, taking photographs, gathering environmental knowledge, and internet hosting the bottom station that permits the helicopter to speak with mission controllers on Earth.
This know-how demonstration is supported by NASA’s Science, Aeronautics Analysis, and House Expertise mission directorates. JPL, managed for NASA by Caltech in Pasadena, California, constructed and manages operations for Ingenuity and the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.