Photo gallery of Ingenuity

Close up image of ingenuity shortly after being tossed off of the rover. Credits: JPL
Right: Image of the debris that Ingenuity created. Left: Real Image. Credits: JPL
Ingenuity hovering in its first flight on mars. Credits: JPL
Ingenuity during its second flight, hovering. Credits: JPL
Ingenuity in the rover’s belly, waiting to be dropped. Credits: JPL

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Flys!

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this shot while hovering over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Monday, Perseverance’s Ingenuity Helicopter became the first aircraft in space history to make a flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter.

The solar-powered helicopter flew at 3:34 a.m. EDT, or 12:33 Mars time, a time the Ingenuity team determined would have optimal energy and flight conditions. Ingenuity climbed to 3 meters and hovered for 30 seconds. It then descended, touching back down on the surface of Mars.


In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS

Ingenuity’s flight was all autonomous – piloted by sensors and computers. That makes everything even cooler.

As one of NASA’s technology demonstration projects, a 49-centimeter-tall Ingenuity Helicopter contains no science instruments, except for a few sensors for navigation. Instead, the craft is intended to demonstrate flight on another planet. 

Since this event is so historically important, NASA Associate Administrator for Science Thomas Zurbuchen announced the name for the Martian airfield on which the flight took place would be known as Wright Brothers Field, after the brothers that created the first airplane to fly on Earth, 

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Ingenuity helicopter

Perseverance and Ingenuity landed together inside Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. On April 3, the solar-powered helicopter deployed from the rover’s belly and began soaking up the Martian sun for the first time.

NASA had originally aimed to conduct the first Red Planet flight of its  Ingenuity helicopter  on Sunday (April 11). A high-speed rotor-spinning test on Friday (April 9) didn’t go as planned, however,  pushing the debut back  until Wednesday (April 14) at the earliest.

The test was planned to make the blades rotate at 2400 rotations per minute, or 40 revolutions per second. 

But during the test, “the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a ‘watchdog’ timer expiration,” NASA officials  wrote in a statement  on Saturday (April 10). “This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode.”

“Our best estimate of a targeted flight date is fluid right now, but we are working toward achieving these milestones and will set a flight date next week,” NASA officials wrote in an update.

Ingenuity’s main task is to show that powered flight on Mars is possible, If Ingenuity’s flight is successful, future Mars missions could use helicopters as scouts for rovers or as data gatherers in their own right, NASA officials have said.

While the helicopter team works out Ingenuity’s issues, Perseverance will continue studying nearby rock targets and prepare the Mars Oxygen In Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) which will generate oxygen from the Martian atmosphere(made mostly of CO2).

Once Ingenuity has finished its flights, Perseverance will focus fully on its own mission,


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