NASA reveals details of shortest helicopter flight on Mars

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced the successful completion of the 34th flight of its Ingenuity Martian helicopter.

About this Twitter NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) reports.

“The Ingenuity helicopter has completed the shortest flight in the history of aviation on Mars!” JPL said.

It is noted that the NASA helicopter, as part of its already 34th flight on the Red Planet, rose to a height of five meters in 18 seconds.

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“During this flight, the capabilities of a major software update were tested,” the lab said.

As reported by Ukrinform, the Ingenuity helicopter was delivered to the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021, after nearly seven months of flight, along with the NASA Perseverance rover. On April 19, Ingenuity made its maiden flight. The $85 million helicopter was the first aircraft to launch on another planet.

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech

By Peter Kavinsky

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