Of all the tiny space robots now scattered across the cosmos, is probably my favorite. It has far surpassed its original mission objectives and now buzzes like an alien mosquito across the red sands of Mars, enjoying the thrill of flying on another world.
On Saturday, NASA dropped the latest video ofso that you can experience that tension yourself.
On the 25th flight from Ingenuity, on April 18, the small helicopter certainly did. The autonomous flight covered a distance of 2,310 feet — about 6.5 football fields — at a speed of 12 miles per hour. It was a record breaker, becoming the fastest and longest flight to date (although, based on how well it performed on Mars, expect that record to be broken as well (no hex)) and the whole thing was recorded with the to downward-facing helicopter camera.
You can see the video below:
“Before our record-breaking flight, Ingenuity’s downward-facing navigation camera gave us a breathtaking sense of what it would be like to glide 10 meters above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Teddy Tzanetos, who leads the Ingenuity team. from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
Ginny, as it is fondly known,, it’s almost ready to fly again. The next flight is the 29th. Not bad for a helicopter that only had to make five flights in 30 days. †