10 years ago, for a military research project, AeroVironment created a robotic hummingbird with a tiny camera onboard. The company also helped create the tiny helicopter Ingenuity that’s currently flying in Mars’ atmosphere.
The Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, continues its historic series of flight and reaches a new destination:
The remote control that @andersoncooper uses to fly a research model of the Ingenuity helicopter are of no use on Mars. Radio signals take too long to get there. So Ingenuity carries software that allows it to navigate on its own.
The team that helped build the tiny helicopter Ingenuity on Mars shows Anderson Cooper how it flies. The lightweight blades must spin 6x faster on Mars than they do on Earth to generate the same lift.
A small robotic helicopter named Ingenuity made space exploration history on Monday when it lifted off the surface of Mars and hovered. It was the first machine from Earth ever to fly like an airplane or a helicopter on another world.
Ingenuity phoned home. Mission controllers have received the first status report from the Mars Helicopter, which is currently attached to @NasaPersevere’s belly. The technology demonstration and its base station are operating as expected. #CountdownToMars
The first interplanetary helicopter, Ingenuity, is ready for liftoff on a 7-month voyage to Mars. Read more about the aeronautical innovators at @NASAJPL & @NASAAmes who worked together to prepare for @NasaPersevere 's #CountdownToMars :
Want to know more about our Ingenuity Mars helicopter? Tag questions #askNASA , and then join us later today, April 29 at 1 pm PT (4 pm ET, 2000 UTC), for a Q&A with the helicopter's project manager, MiMi Aung, for answers:
We’re going back to Mars! @NasaPersevere will be launching soon for its seven-month journey to the Red Planet. And it’s bringing along a friend: a helicopter named Ingenuity! Join us in wishing them “bon voyage” on their #CountdownToMars !
The journey of 314 million miles all comes down to the last few inches. See how the Mars Helicopter Delivery System will get Ingenuity safely to the surface of the Red Planet, where it will try the first experimental powered flight on another world.