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And in space – the same thing. An error in the operation of the Ingenuity helicopter will be fixed with a software update

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As we previously reported, testing of the Ingenuity Martian helicopter prior to the first flight revealed an error that caused the flight scheduled for April 11 to be postponed. NASA specialists began to analyze the received telemetry data, hoping to diagnose the problem and find a solution.

Over the weekend, the development team reviewed and tested several possible solutions to the problem and concluded that the most reliable solution would be a minor modification and reinstallation of the software that controls Ingenuity’s flight, according to a new agency report. This update will change the boot process for the two flight controllers, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition into a flight state.

The modification was not difficult, so the update is already being tested on test benches. However, it will take some time to transfer and install it on your Ingenuity computer. The revised schedule, which will define a new date for the first flight, is still under development. Scientists promise to announce the date next week. In the meantime, the Perseverance rover, from which Ingenuity has separated, will continue to explore the Red Planet.

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