The ingenuity has achieved the first piloted flight, powered by an aircraft on the surface of another planet.
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has made a historic flight over Mars, marking the first energy-powered plane on another planet.
“Altimeter data confirm that Ingenuity has taken the first flight, the first flight of an energy-powered plane on another planet,” said the helicopter’s pilot back to Earth, Havard Grip, said, his voice broke out as his teammates let out cheers.
California flight controllers confirmed Ingenuity’s brief jump after receiving data via a Perseverance detector, secured more than 200 feet (65 meters) away.
Ingenuity overcame a trip to Mars with perseverance, clinging to the explorer’s belly as they reached an ancient river delta in February.
“The ingenuity made the first flight – the first flight of an energy-powered plane on another planet!”
– NASA (@NASA) April 19, 2021
The $ 85 million helicopter demo is considered high-risk but high reward.
“There is only one first flight in each world,” said project manager MiMi Aung earlier this month.
Speaking on a NASA webcast earlier on Monday, she called it “the last dream”.
Aung and her team had to wait more than three painful hours before the pre-programmed flight materials were successful 287 million kilometers (178 million miles).
Add to that their concern was a software bug that had prevented the helicopter from taking off a week earlier and engineers had to try to find a solution.
Pleasures, cheers and laughter broke out in the executive center when the success was finally declared.
More people watched as the first black-and-white photo from Ingenuity popped up on their screen, showing its shadow as it floated above the Martian surface.
Next are beautiful color images of the helicopter landing on the ground, taken by Perseverance, “the best host little Ingenuity can hope for,” said Aung, thanking everyone.
You won’t believe what I just saw.
– NASA’s Mars Rover persistence (@NASAPersevere) April 19, 2021