Ingenuity

Changing Martian seasons makes Ingenuity harder to fly

Changing Martian seasons makes Ingenuity harder to fly

NASA has been flying the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on the Red Planet for several months. Mission operators have learned a lot about operating a helicopter on another planet and gained more information on the strengths and weaknesses of the Ingenuity platform. Significant amounts of work have been put into leveraging the strengths of the helicopter's design while mitigating its weaknesses.

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Mars Ingenuity helicopter flew low for its 13th flight

Mars Ingenuity helicopter flew low for its 13th flight

Yesterday, the Ingenuity helicopter completed its 13th flight taking it over the South Seitah area, where it captured images from a lower altitude than it has in the past. For the 13th mission, the helicopter again flew to the area of rock outcrops that it took images of during its 12 flight. The difference between flight number 12 and flight number 13 was the direction of the images. Flight 13 images were to looking in the opposite direction.

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NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

NASA made a 3D photo from Ingenuity’s most challenging Mars flight

Using images captured by its Ingenuity helicopter during a complex flight on Mars, experts at NASA have generated a stereoscopic 3D photo that provides viewers with a more dynamic view of the Martian landscape. The image shows a particular Martian geologic feature NASA calls Raised Ridges, the data of which was captured by Ingenuity in late July.

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Here’s why NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is Perseverance’s best friend

Here’s why NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is Perseverance’s best friend

NASA's Perseverance rover may plot a scientific course that previously might have been deemed too risky, with the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter providing mission control with unexpected insight from the sky. Though Ingenuity has only flown nine missions so far - albeit groundbreaking experiments in their own right - the photography gathered by the helicopter is proving vital for making the most of Perseverance's time on the red planet.

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NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA’s Ingenuity completes ninth flight despite massive challenge

NASA has announced that Ingenuity, its small Martian helicopter, successfully passed its ninth and most challenging flight thus far, marking a new milestone for the surprisingly capable vehicle. Unlike past flights, NASA used the most recent flight to pit Ingenuity against "challenging terrain," not to mention the ample distance traveled.

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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will soon conduct its ninth flight

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will soon conduct its ninth flight

NASA JPL recently gave up some information about plans for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's ninth flight. The flight was expected to occur no earlier than yesterday, July 4, 2021. NASA JPL outlined some of the limits that it intends to push on that ninth flight in a tweet published late last week.

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Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

Mars Ingenuity Helicopter marks the successful completion of its eighth test flight

NASA JPL has shared a tweet with a selfie taken by the Mars Ingenuity Helicopter. The picture was snapped during the helicopter's eighth test flight on Monday of this week. While NASA isn't sharing a wealth of details about the eighth test flight, what it has said is that the helicopter flew for 77.4 seconds over a distance of 160 meters.

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Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes its seventh flight

Ingenuity Mars helicopter completes its seventh flight

NASA JPL is celebrating the successful completion of another flight for the Ingenuity Mars helicopter. The tweet announced that the seventh flight had been completed overall, which is also the second flight for operations during the demo phase for the helicopter. During its seventh flight, the helicopter flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled approximately 106 meters south.

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NASA shares 3D video of Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight

NASA shares 3D video of Ingenuity helicopter’s third flight

Anyone who's been following NASA's Mars missions will be interested to hear that the space agency has shared a new video of the third Ingenuity Mars Helicopter test flight. The third test flight happened on April 25, and the Perseverance rover captured video footage of the flight. NASA says that its engineers have now rendered the flight in 3D, giving it "dramatic depth."

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NASA explains how Ingenuity survived its big sixth flight glitch

NASA explains how Ingenuity survived its big sixth flight glitch

During its sixth flight on Mars, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter experienced a glitch that caused it to start tilting back and forth during the latter part of its flight. Though the helicopter's performance was degraded by this, according to NASA, Ingenuity managed to survive the anomaly to ultimately land safely back on the Martian surface.

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NASA plans sixth Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

NASA plans sixth Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter has been so successful with its five previous test flights that NASA has announced it's now planning a sixth flight. The mission is in the planning phase currently and is expected to happen in the next week. NASA points out that this flight will be the first executed under the helicopter's operations demonstration phase and will see the helicopter scout multiple surface features from the air and land at a different airfield.

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Watch NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter fly on Mars using old school 3D glasses

Watch NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter fly on Mars using old school 3D glasses

If you own a pair of red-cyan glasses, you now watch NASA's Ingenuity helicopter perform one of its flights in 3D. NASA released the video edited into an anaglyph, meaning it is a stereoscopic video where the same series of frames were reprojected and superimposed in two layers, one in red and one in cyan color, for use with color-filtered glasses.

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