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Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands safely after timing error confuses navigation system during flight

A navigation timing error sent NASA’s little Mars helicopter on a wild, lurching ride, its first major problem since it took to the Martian skies last month. The experimental helicopter, named Ingenuity, managed to land safely, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported Thursday. The trouble cropped up about a minute into the helicopter’s sixth […]

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NASA’s Perseverance rover records sound of Ingenuity helicopter’s blades as it flies. HEAR.

NASA’s Perseverance rover has for the first time captured the low-pitched whirring of the Ingenuity helicopter’s blades as it flies through the rarefied Martian atmosphere. The space agency released footage shot by the six-wheeled robot of its rotorcraft companion making its fourth flight on April 30, accompanied by an audio track. The nearly three-minute-long video […]

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Nasa pushes Mars Ingenuity helicopter to its limits by extending its mission

The US space agency has announced it is extending its Mars helicopter mission. Nasa said the first three flights of the drone, called Ingenuity, had worked so well it would now be moving from a demonstration to an operational phase. This means the chopper will support Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, helping with its hunt for signs […]

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NASA: Ingenuity helicopter completes 2nd successful test flight

Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars completed a second successful flight on Thursday. Ingenuity autonomously flew for almost 52 seconds this time, climbing 16 feet up through the Martian atmosphere. After a brief hover, it tilted at a 5-degree angle and moved sideways for 7 feet. The helicopter hovered in place again to make several turns. […]

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Ingenuity: Nasa successfully flies small drone on Mars

NASA successfully flew a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth. The space agency is […]

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NASA delays Ingenuity helicopter’s first flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter, originally scheduled to fly on Mars Sunday, is now set to take off no earlier than April 14, the space agency said. The helicopter returned data to mission teams on Earth late Friday evening that caused NASA to reschedule the first flight. The team reports that the helicopter remains safe and healthy […]