A view of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s shadow during its 15th flight on Nov. 6, 2021. Credit: NASA
NASA’s Mars Helicopter known as Ingenuity has begun to traverse its way back to the famed Wright Brothers Field on the Martian surface after completing its 15th successful flight.
After completing a nominal test flight by spinning its rotors at 2,700 rotations per minute, Ingenuity demonstrated it is still capable of powered flight as the weather on Mars begins to heat up.
Following the 14th flight of the helicopter, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided it was time to fly the helicopter back to its proving ground known as Wright Brothers Field.
The 15th flight took place Nov. 6, 2021, and saw the helicopter travel a distance of about 1,300 feet (about 400 meters) during 128.8 seconds of flight, travelling at 11.1 miles per hour (about five meters per second).
Now that the 15th flight is complete, both Ingenuity and the Perseverance rover are on a journey to rendezvous at the east edge of Séítah before traveling west to reach the Jezero ancient river delta on the Martian surface.
It is expected to take between four and seven flights to reach the rendezvous ...