Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completes a ‘spin test,’ moves closer to flight

NASA’s Mars helicopter’s first flight test plans have been postponed after failing to complete a test last weekend. Now the team behind it says that the vehicle has completed a turn at full speed. As described in a blog post and video update, the team appears to have taken two approaches to solving the problem they identified.

A change to the commands in the flight sequence was apparently enough to complete the test while work on a change to the Ingenuity helicopter’s flight software continues. You have tested the new software, but it may take a few days to transfer and load. The vehicle is currently 174 million miles from Earth. A decision on what to do could be made tonight, and we may already know the new test flight schedule by Saturday morning. So stay tuned.

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