NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has completed yet another successful flight on Mars.
On Friday, NASA operations lead Teddy Tzanetos shared details of the Ingenuity’s eighth flight across Mars’ surface via his team’s official status blog. The four-pound helicopter, which arrived attached to the Perseverance rover in mid-February, traveled 525 feet on June 21 — flying south-southeast for just under 78 seconds, and moving roughly 440 feet away from the rover.
“This marks the third flight in the Operations Demonstration Phase of Ingenuity, in which the team will continue to push the flight envelope of the aircraft while learning valuable operational lessons,” explained Tzanetos. He added that a recent software upgrade to the helicopter had proven successful during the flight. “Up next for the Ingenuity team is to tackle the only remaining flight software update, which w… Read More