Tuesday, August 3, 2021

NASA successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

American space agency NASA has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone helicopter, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute on a historic flight on Mars. It marks the first powered controlled flight by an aircraft on another planet. The Confirmation of the flight came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth.

Ingenuity will be commanded to fly higher and further as engineers seek to test the limits of the technology. The rotorcraft was carried to Mars in the belly of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, which touched down in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet in February.

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