NASA's Ingenuity Martian drone-helicopter needs new software to tackle its maiden flight, scheduled for no earlier than April 14.
The same American space agency says it, which is conducting a series of technical interventions after the technical problem that forced us to postpone the flight, initially scheduled in the very early morning of April 12.
In particular, the software update is underway, necessary to solve the problem that interrupted the drone rotor startup sequence, prompting NASA to postpone the flight of Ingenuity to 'not before April 14'.
Designed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Ingenuity, whose technical name is Mars Helicopter Scout, arrived on Mars on February 18 after making the long journey from Earth hooked to the Perseverance rover.
It is a technological demonstrator weighing just under two kilograms, equipped with cameras and video cameras that will allow him to collect complete documentation of his flight.
A very short flight, of just 30 seconds, in which it will rise about three meters above the Martian ground, but which could give a turning point to the robotic exploration of the Red Planet.
In fact, it will be the first demonstration that controlled flight is possible even on a planet other than Earth, and in particular on a world where gravity is one third of that of the Earth.