Martian summer and changing planetary atmosphere didn't stop Ingenuity from taking off

On the Red Planet, the density of the atmosphere has decreased due to the beginning of summer.

The drone is now in

Jezero crater: the temperature in it becomes higher, therefore, in order to break away from the surface, more power is needed.

Despite this, the mission leaders conducted the 14th flight on October 24: it was short and was needed only to test the take-off capabilities in the changed conditions.

According to available data, to break away fromthe surface of Mars, the rotor rotated blades at a speed of 2700 rpm, whereas in previous flights for takeoff, rotation of the propeller at a speed of 2537 rpm was enough.

Ingenuity successfully completed a short take-off toits place. We checked how the increase in RPM affects the performance of the device, as well as its speed. As a result, we were convinced that the drone can successfully take off even in less favorable conditions.

A message from representatives of the jet propulsion laboratory

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