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The first helicopter on Mars. The aircraft Ingenuity prepares to be released from the bowels of the Perseverance rover

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It’s no secret that the newest rover Perseverance has a small Ingenuity helicopter on board. This is the first aircraft designed to fly in the atmosphere of another planet.

According to NASA, Ingenuity is preparing for its maiden flight. At the moment, the management plans to launch the device no later than April 8th. However, even before Ingenuity takes to the air, he has to go through a number of difficult procedures.

Now the device is hidden in a special compartment of the rover in its bottom. A few days ago, Perseverance dropped a special shield protecting this compartment. Now the rover is on its way to an impromptu airfield – a flat area about 10 x 10 m in size.

After the rover reaches its destination, it will unload the helicopter, but after that it will take about six more Martian days to bring Ingenuity to full readiness. In addition, the very process of releasing the helicopter is very difficult. On the first day, scientists activate a bolt-breaker to release the locking mechanism holding the vehicle inside the rover. Then pyrotechnic charges are activated, cutting the cable, which will allow the manipulator holding the helicopter to move to the required position.

After that, the helicopter itself will put forward two of the four supports, and a special electric motor will bring the device to a vertical position. As a result, the device should go into a suspended state at a height of 13 cm from the ground, after which the helicopter will be disconnected from the rover. And only then will scientists take advantage of the last opportunity to charge the aircraft.

Once deployed, Ingenuity will have about a month to conduct several test flights.

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Four iQOO smartphones will receive Android 12 in December

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The iQOO brand has revealed Android 12 release dates for a number of its models. True, we are not yet talking about the final version of Android 12 – it will have to wait longer.

IQOO 7, iQOO 7 Legend, iQOO Z3 and iQOO Z5 users will receive the Android 12 beta at the end of the year – at the end of December. And at the end of March 2022, the beta version of Android 12 will be released for iQOO 3.

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Another foldable smartphone comes out in November – with 120Hz OLED screen, Snapdragon 888 and 50MP camera

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Details about the Oppo smartphone with a flexible screen appeared on the web. According to the source, the device will be released in November and will be built on a single-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform.

The smartphone does not have a name, but the key characteristics are listed. So, the device is assigned an OLED screen with a diagonal of 8 inches with a frame rate of 120 Hz, a 32-megapixel front camera and a multi-module main camera with a main sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels, a 4500 mAh battery with support for 65 W fast charging. The operating system is expected to be Android 11 with ColorOS 12 interface. There is no price, but it will probably be more affordable than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.

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Not a trace remained of $ 66,000. Bitcoin fell, followed by Ethereum

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The week began for the main cryptocurrencies of the world with a rise in price and the establishment of new price highs, and ends with a fall, and quite noticeable. Over the course of a day, Bitcoin loses about 4.5% of its value, and as a result, for 1 BTC now they give not $ 66,000, but about $ 60,500.

After Bitcoin began to fall, Ethereum was still holding, but its rate had already gone down too, dropping below the psychological mark of $ 4,000. Analysts believe that such a fall in cryptocurrencies is due to their sell-off on the part of investors – they are fixing profits against the backdrop of a strong growth in value that has been observed since the end of September. This means that after the current correction, Bitcoin may rush to new heights, but whether altcoins will follow it is a big question.

Not a trace remained of $ 66,000.  Bitcoin fell, followed by Ethereum

Interestingly, against the background of a decrease in quotations of other cryptocurrencies from the Top 10, Solana feels very confident: it grew by almost 6% per day, and by almost 25% in a week.

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