Video footage from NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s 13th flight on Sept. 4 provides the most detailed look yet of the rotorcraft in action.
For its 12th flight, the rotorcraft will give the rover team a valuable aerial view of geology that Perseverance may want to check out.
Flight 9 was not like the flights that came before it.
Ingenuity’s ninth flight pushes the little chopper to its limits.
Flight eight is in the books. When NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter was attempting its first flights on Mars, the Perseverance rover was there to watch over it. Now the chopper is returning the favor by acting as a scout and companion to the busy rover. It continues to rack up the flight successes.
NASA engineers have decided to delay the Ingenuity helicopter’s debut flight on Mars to at least Wednesday, April 14th, after running into a minor computer glitch during a rotor spin test late Friday night, the agency said on Saturday. The tiny craft is healthy, but engineers need some more time to review telemetry data from the unexpected hiccup before proceeding.