NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity set for seventh flight after surviving glitch

You can’t put down a good Martian helicopter.

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Ingenuity captured a picture of its own shadow during its second flight on April 22.

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There were some tense moments with NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter last month when it went whiskey during its sixth flight. But the plucky helicopter survived the in-flight discrepancy and set itself down safely, setting the stage for the seventh flight.

NASA announced Friday that it is aiming for the next flight no earlier than Sunday, June 6. Getting data and updates from Mars takes time, so we’re waiting to hear the details and whether Ingenuity took off over the weekend. “Regardless of the date of the flight, the data will be returned to Earth over the next three days,” the agency said.

While the technical glitch was concerning, the Persistence rover was able to confirm that Ingenuity landed itself in a safe location. The next trip would take the rotorcraft to a new location 350 feet (106 m) away.

The seventh flight will mark the second time the helicopter has been positioned at a landing site that it had not previously surveyed from the air. The Ingenuity team is using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter “which suggests that this new base of operations is relatively flat and has few surface obstructions.”

Simplicity was designed as an experiment, a technology demonstration. It has proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on another planet and now a . is in new phase of operation In which NASA is exploring how it can be used as a scout and assistant for the Perseverance rover.

Simplicity is already considered a success, and each new flight is a bonus.

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