NASA Experts Confirmed The Serviceability Of The Perseverance Rover
Specialists from the US National Aeronautics and space administration (NASA) were able to obtain telemetry data from the Perseverance Rover, according to the NASA website.
"A team of NASA specialists confirms that the spacecraft is operational and continues its flight to Mars," the statement reads. According to a widely distributed announcement, the experts were able to obtain and process telemetry data. It was previously noted that this process might take from 30 to 60 minutes.
Deputy head of the flight program, Matt Wallace, pointed out that the specialists also managed to solve the problem associated with an excessively strong signal coming from the device. Earlier, NASA Director Jim Bridenstine pointed out that a similar situation occurred in 2011 when the Curiosity Rover was launched. According to Wallace, the specialists changed the settings of the receivers and also turned slightly to the side of the antennas that receive the signal from the Rover in such a way as to receive a stable signal without overloading.
The Atlas V launch vehicle with the Rover launched on Thursday at 14: 50 Moscow time from the Cape Canaveral space center (Florida). According to calculations, the device will reach the surface of Mars on February 18, 2021, and after landing in the Yezero crater will search for traces of microorganisms in the sedimentary rocks. The six-wheeled scientific laboratory weighing 1,025 kg is equipped with a radioisotope thermoelectric generator powered by plutonium dioxide and two lithium-ion batteries. The Rover is also equipped with an Ingenuity helicopter, which can make up to five short flights at an altitude of up to 10 meters from the surface during the entire period of research. In addition, Perseverance has scientific tools created by scientists from France, Spain, and Norway.
Using a 2.1-meter-long remote manipulator, the Rover will collect 40 soil samples, which NASA hopes will be returned to Earth by another vehicle in 2031.