Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Completes 68th Flight

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars continues to make history, having now completed its 68th flight over the weekend where it covered an impressive horizontal distance of 828 meters (2,310 feet). This marks the farthest journey the Mars Helicopter has undertaken since its 25th flight.

SUMMARY

  • Horizontal Flight Distance: 828m (2,310ft)
  • Flight Time: 135 Seconds
  • Flight Altitude: 16m
  • Heading: NE (out and back flight)
  • Max Flight Speed: 10m/s
  • Goal of Flight: Flight Test

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Zac Aubert

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Published: 19th Dec 2023 23:44 GMT
Written by: Zac Aubert

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter on Mars continues to make history, having now completed its 68th flight over the weekend where it covered an impressive horizontal distance of 828 meters (2,310 feet). This marks the farthest journey the Mars Helicopter has undertaken since its 25th flight.

The 68th flight took place on December 9, 2023, and the data received from the mission indicates a successful journey for the helicopter. The flight lasted 135 seconds, with a flight altitude of 16 meters and a maximum speed of 10 meters per second.

Ingenuity's goal for Flight 68 was a Flight Test, serving as a crucial opportunity to assess and demonstrate the helicopter's performance in Martian conditions. The chosen heading for this flight was Northeast, following an out-and-back flight path. The mission aimed to provide valuable insights into the helicopter's responsiveness, stability, and overall functionality.

This flight flew a shorter distance than what NASA JPL previewed in advance of the flght as "weather in Jezero Crater became a little colder than previously anticipated, and it required more power for the helicopter's heaters overnight. That left a little less power available for the flight."

NASA's perseverance in exploring the capabilities of Ingenuity continues to pay off, providing invaluable data for future missions and advancing our understanding of the Red Planet.

Ingenuity's ability to navigate increasing distances and durations demonstrates the potential for aerial exploration on Mars, opening up new possibilities for future scientific endeavors.

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