A team of specialists is evaluating the data and intends to make another attempt soon.
Located on Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter on Thursday failed to carry out the fourth flight over the surface of the planet. This is reported on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) page of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Twitter.
“As part of the ambitious fourth flight, the helicopter was unable to lift off the surface of Mars,” the statement said. “The [specialist] team is evaluating the data and intends to try again soon.”
The fourth flight of Ingenuity was scheduled for 10: 12 on the East Coast of the United States, the specialists of the JPL expected to receive data about it after about three hours. It was assumed that the helicopter would rise to an altitude of about 5 m and fly off in a southerly direction at 133 m at a speed of about 3.5 m/s.
Ingenuity, which has a mass of 1.8 kg, first rose to a height of 3 m above the surface of Mars on April 19. His flight then lasted only 39.1 seconds. On April 22, it rose to a height of 5 m and flew away 2 m. On April 25, the helicopter was able to cover a distance of 50 m and return.
The helicopter, which cost $80 million to develop, was delivered to the Jezero crater and the Perseverance rover on February 18. The purpose of this mission is to try to find traces of possible existence in the distant past of life on Mars.