“After that, the team will attempt additional experimental flights of incrementally farther distance and greater altitude.”
But before the helicopter is cleared for flight, NASA will have to tick off a long checklist of pre-flight tests.
The Mars helicopter does not carry any science instruments – it has to be as small and as light as possible – but it is still packed with electronics and onboard computers.
On Wednesday, April 7, NASA will release the restraints that are holding Ingenuity’s blades together.
Once that is cleared, NASA will check the helicopter’s computers and autonomous systems.
The mission’s engineers will also monitor Ingenuity’s power levels and solar array.