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2021-04-19 2:20:21 PM  
They got some more frames for the video. So cool!
 
2021-04-19 2:21:50 PM  
First Video of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter in Flight, Includes Takeoff and Landing (High-Res)
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2021-04-19 2:23:59 PM  
They actually show the flight. Around 15 min in
 
2021-04-19 2:29:32 PM  
pilot's log book. farking awesome
 
2021-04-19 2:51:13 PM  
Very cool stuff. I love that we can get video and so quickly from Mars at this point.

I'm looking forward to analysis results from how close the actual flight data is to simulations on this and the following flights.
 
2021-04-19 3:46:30 PM  

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Hot damn.  Most of this future has turned out to be bullshiat, but some bits are just farking awesome.
 
2021-04-19 4:06:31 PM  
Agree!

It's nice to see some forward progress being made, in spite of all the people hell-bent on taking us backwards.
 
2021-04-19 4:13:23 PM  
Very stable.  Now I want to find out how the wind/temp/other conditions were for this successful hop.
 
2021-04-19 4:32:56 PM  
I wonder how it would perform inside a Martian dust devil
 
2021-04-19 5:02:41 PM  
This is a huge step in artificial intelligence.  If this works, that will lead to more rovers that don't have to have orders given by master control and be able to assess situations for itself.
 
2021-04-19 5:02:45 PM  
New way to clean off yht solar panels on the river, at least.
 
2021-04-19 5:15:11 PM  

Sergeant Angle: This is a huge step in artificial intelligence.  If this works, that will lead to more rovers that don't have to have orders given by master control and be able to assess situations for itself.


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2021-04-19 5:23:30 PM  

Sergeant Angle: This is a huge step in artificial intelligence.  If this works, that will lead to more rovers that don't have to have orders given by master control and be able to assess situations for itself.


I don't see how.  The helicopter is following a preprogrammed flight profile created by the ground controllers.  It's navigating by visual feature tracking, but the rovers have been doing that already.  They just do it much more slowly with their slow rad-hard processors and FPGAs instead of a modern, fast, lower-reliability CPU.  But that's fine, since a rover rolling around as fast as its few hundred watts of RTG can push it is several orders of magnitude less time-sensitive than a twitchy unstable rotorcraft with very limited flight duration.
 
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