• NASA's Mars Ingenuity Drone Almost Crashed Due to Camera Glitch

    22 days ago - By Peta Pixel

    NASA's Mars Ingenuity drone survived a close call that could have ended in disaster. During its sixth flight, a glitch in its camera image delivery pipeline caused the drone's onboard navigation system to malfunction.
    In order to explain what happened, it's crucial to first understand how the Ingenuity drone estimates its flight path and motion. While in the air, the drone keeps track of its motion by using an onboard inertial measurement unit that measures Ingenuity's accelerations and rotational rates. Extrapolated, it's able to use this information to estimate where it is, how fast it...
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