The small Ingenuity helicopter and the “Perseverance” rover performed NASA’s “Mars 2020” mission and entered aviation history: it successfully rose from the ground and achieved a powered flight on Mars for the first time.
After completing the pre-flight steps, the drone rose on the surface of Mars for 30 seconds. Telemetry data confirmed that the entire flight process lasted 39.1 seconds (including take-off and landing phases), reached an altitude of three meters and landed safely.
In addition to flight data, both Ingenuity and Perseverance Rover took photos of the landmark. In the image of the drone, you can see the shadow it left on the ground while flying, and you can also see the “Perseverance” video sequence seen in the video, in which you can see the helicopter’s Ascent and movement of its blades.
The first image taken by Ingenuity in flight. /NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Ingenuity helicopter is built and controlled by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).This center Sent the order on this sunday Let the drone perform its flight automatically.
A few hours later, due to the distance between the Earth and Mars, the drone received the command, successfully executed the command, and sent the test results back to a small communication station in Perseverance, which was the person who was bounced. planet.
-NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) April 19, 2021