The drone they landed on Mars is expected to fly "five times."
I bet it will fly over a hundred times, after which JPL will continue to vastly underestimate the durability of their equipment because it makes them look so good. :)
@zorinlynx the 90 days for the MER were the goalposts to declare the mission successful. I guess it was expected for them to last longer. Not 14 years though 🙄
@zorinlynx I think in this case the limiting factor is the battery, the drone cannot charge itself once it's detached.
But yeah, maybe 10 times? 😅
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