The Ingenuity Mars helicopter of NASA has made yet another successful flight on the red planet. NASA said it flew faster and farther on Sunday, April 25 than in any tests it went through on Earth. The third flight of the helicopter was recorded by the US Space Agency’s Perseverance rover on Mars.
The drone sized chopper rose to a height of 16 feet at 12.33 p.m. local Mars time and flew for 80 seconds covering 164 feet distance at the speed of 2 metres per second before coming back to its take-off spot.
The project’s programme executive for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter said the third flight was what they planned for, and yet it was nothing short of amazing.
The Ingenuity team has been pushing the helicopter’s limits by adding instructions to capture more photos of its own – including from the colour camera, which captured its first images on Flight Two. The helicopter’s black-and-white navigation camera, meanwhile, tracks surface features below, and this flight put the onboard processing of these images to the test.