It has recently come to light that NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter successfully completed its 7th flight and second within its operations demo phase. The helicopter flew for 62.8 seconds and travelled 106 meters south to a new landing spot. The details of the seventh flight have been shared by JPL officials on Twitter.
Another successful flight 👏#MarsHelicopter completed its 7th flight and second within its operations demo phase. It flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled ~106 meters south to a new landing spot. Ingenuity also took this black-and-white navigation photo during flight. pic.twitter.com/amluVq9wbb
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) June 8, 2021
From a helicopter team member: “No anomalies in flight 7, Ingenuity is healthy!”
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) June 9, 2021
NASA had announced the details regarding Ingenuity’s seventh flight on its blog last week where it said the next flight of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter will take place no earlier than this Sunday, June 6. NASA said that Ingenuity will fly to a location about 350 feet (106 meters) south of its current location, where it will touch down at its new base of operations.
Up, up and away. 🚁
The next #MarsHelicopter flight will take place no earlier than June 6. Ingenuity will fly ~350 ft (106 m) south of its current location, marking the second time the rotorcraft will land in a new airfield that wasn’t surveyed up close. https://t.co/83FCVGjeZu pic.twitter.com/4msce46avd
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) June 4, 2021
“This will mark the second time the helicopter will land at an airfield that it did not survey from the air during a previous flight. Instead, the Ingenuity team is relying on imagery collected by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that suggests this new base of operations is relatively flat and has few surface obstructions”, said NASA.
NASA Ingenuity helicopter has so far completed a total of seven flights on the red planet. The mini-helicopter had encountered an “in-flight anomaly” during its sixth flight after completing the first five successful flights.