Ingenuity “overcame new frontiers in flight altitude, hover duration, and side flight,” the agency said.
Experts from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the second successful test of the Ingenuity helicopter delivered to Mars aboard the Perseverance rover. This is stated in a statement published on Thursday on Twitter by the US Space Agency.
It notes that Ingenuity “successfully completed the second flight, taking a picture with its black-and-white navigation camera.” “It also broke new ground in altitude, hover duration, and sideways flight,” NASA said. The agency previously stated that during these tests, the device should rise to a height of about 5 m, hang for a while, and then fly away to the side for 2 m, hang again and perform turns to point in different directions its camera for color shooting. It was planned that after this, Ingenuity would land at the take-off site.
NASA has released a black-and-white image showing the shadow of Ingenuity on the Martian surface.
The first flight tests of Ingenuity took place on Monday. During a flight lasting about 40 seconds, the 1.8 kg vehicle rose in the autonomous mode above the surface of Mars to a height of up to 3 m, after which it landed.
The Perseverance rover landed on Mars near the Jezero crater on February 18. Now all systems and equipment of the planetoid are being checked. NASA experts expect to use Perseverance to detect traces of the existence of life on Mars in the distant past.