Ingenuity

NASA’s Ingenuity gears up for its 19th flight – and it’s a tricky take-off

NASA’s Ingenuity gears up for its 19th flight – and it’s a tricky take-off

The plucky little helicopter exploring Mars, NASA's Ingenuity, has exceeded all expectations and has lasted longer than even the most optimistic predictions. Originally designed for up to five flights, the helicopter is now gearing up for its 19th flight, which will be its first of 2022. But this flight won't be easy, especially given the tricky take-off it will have to perform.

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NASA lost contact with Mars helicopter Ingenuity for 15 breathless minutes

NASA lost contact with Mars helicopter Ingenuity for 15 breathless minutes

NASA conducted the 17th flight for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on Sunday, December 5. Everything went as planned during the helicopter's 614-foot traverse to the northeast. However, during the final descent phase of the flight, the communications link between Ingenuity and the Perseverance Mars rover was disrupted. It appears the helicopter was able to land successfully. Approximately 15 minutes after the radio link was lost, Perseverance received packets of Ingenuity telemetry indicating the battery and flight electronics were healthy.

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Perseverance rover records Ingenuity’s 13th flight

Perseverance rover records Ingenuity’s 13th flight

NASA has shared a video that the Perseverance recorded of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter's 13th flight. The flight happened on September 4, and the video gives us the best look yet at the helicopter in action. Unfortunately, due to the vast distance, the helicopter is operating away from the rover, it's still very difficult to see it in some frames of the video. However, NASA did circle the helicopter, making it easier to keep track of.

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NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

NASA Ingenuity Mars helicopter is getting back to work

For several weeks last month, NASA could not continue operations with any of its spacecraft orbiting Mars or operating on the planet's surface. It was unable to continue operations because of the conjunction that placed Mars on the other side of the sun from Earth. NASA won't send any commands or data to and from Mars during the conjunction because there's a risk of the commands being garbled and causing unintended operation of the spacecraft.

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NASA takes its Perseverance and Ingenuity models on tour

NASA takes its Perseverance and Ingenuity models on tour

NASA has been conducting some incredible science on the surface of Mars with its Perseverance Mars rover and the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Ingenuity was a particularly important experiment that showed controlled flight was possible on another planet for the first time. Ingenuity performed so well that its mission was extended. It's still helping the Perseverance science team explore the Red Planet.

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NASA confirms Ingenuity 2800 RPM spin test was successful

NASA confirms Ingenuity 2800 RPM spin test was successful

Just like here on Earth, the seasons on Mars are changing. The density of the atmosphere on Mars is always significantly less than it is here on Earth, which some feared might prevent the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter from operating on the surface of the Red Planet at all. As it turns out, Ingenuity has been extremely successful in flying on Mars, but NASA had to take additional steps to keep the helicopter flying as the seasons change.

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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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