Mars Helicopter Flight Aborted Due To Anomaly: Here's What Happened"

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Mars Helicopter Flight Aborted Due To Anomaly: Here's What Happened"

Flight 14 of the Mars helicopter was canceled due to an anomaly in flight control systems. NASA is working to get the helicopter back in the game.

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity canceled flight 14 due to failures in its flight control system. Originally, Ingenuity was designed to live one month and execute five demonstration test flights. Like other NASA technology, Ingenuity pushed beyond its initial limits. Today the Mars helicopter has more than doubled its original intended lifespan and number of flights.

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Weeks before the canceled flight NASA had warned that flying on Mars was becoming more difficult with each passing day due to the variations of the Red Planet’s seasons. Seasonal variations on Mars are so extreme that they affect atmospheric density. Like all helicopters, Ingenuity must boost performance to overcome atmospheric changes.

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