According to the American “Space” website, officials at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, announced the matter on Twitter, as the helicopter weighs only 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms). It is a small, solar-powered helicopter that relies on a rechargeable battery. To keep their systems warm during the harsh Mars night.
The helicopter uses its internal battery to run a bio-heater now, and this heater keeps the interior at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit during the bitter cold of Mars night, where temperatures can drop as low as -130 Fahrenheit (minus 90 degrees Celsius).
“This comfortably protects key components like the battery and some sensitive electronic devices from harm in very cold temperatures,” said NASA’s Bob Ballaram, chief engineer of the Mars Helicopter Project.
NASA officials said the Ingenuity helicopter is expected to take off on its first flight on April 11th, with data from that test reaching Earth on April 12th.
The drone, costing $ 85 million, is the first helicopter to be sent to another world, and is designed to test future flying vehicle technologies on other planets, and Ingenuity carries two cameras to document its flights, which will also be monitored by the Perseverance craft.