NASA experts have decided to extend the flights of the first Martian helicopter Ingenuity.
NASA decided to extend the mission of the Ingenuity helicopter, as the device is in good technical condition. In addition, the results of the drone’s work help to explore Mars faster than just based on rover data.
Ingenuity’s last thirteenth flight took place on September 4, when the drone rose to a height of eight meters and flew a total of 210 meters in 161 seconds.
The purpose of this flight was to investigate the South Seita region in detail: as a result, the drone took ten color images of rocks and boulders, which they later plan to investigate pointwise.
Happy Flight the 13th!🚁
Ingenuity has achieved its 13th successful flight on Mars. It traveled at 7.3 mph (3.3 m/s) taking images pointing southwest of the South Seítah region. This aerial scouting continues to aid in planning @NASAPersevere’s next moves. https://t.co/tboEcnLvx3 pic.twitter.com/QIp8QSVxbq
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) September 5, 2021
According to NASA, at the beginning of September 2021, the drone worked for almost six months: during this time it flew almost three kilometers and stayed in the air for about 25 minutes. Therefore, the heads of the mission decided to extend its work for an indefinite period – earlier flights were planned only until the end of August.
To read more about how the first drone on Mars, Ingenuity, turned out to be so effective and what it will study next, follow the link.