NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Record Flight
NASA’s Mars Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has captured footage of its record-breaking 25th flight, which took place on April 8. It managed to cover a distance of 2,310 feet at a speed of 12 mph, making it the rotorcraft’s longest and fastest flight to date. The helicopter is currently preparing for its 29th flight on the Red Planet.



The first frame starts approximately one second into the flight and after reaching an altitude of 33-feet, it heads southwest, accelerating to its maximum speed in less than three seconds. It then flies over a group of sand ripples before making its away across several rock fields. When it finds flat and featureless terrain appears, Ingenuity prepares for landing. Ingenuity’s navigation camera has been programmed to deactivate whenever the rotorcraft is within 3-feet of the surface. Speaking of helicopters, did you know that the Aston Martin x Airbus ACH130 exists?

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For our record-breaking flight, Ingenuity’s downward-looking navigation camera provided us with a breathtaking sense of what it would feel like gliding 33 feet above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Teddy Tzanetos, Ingenuity team lead of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.

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