Ingenuity Helicopter

Ingenuity, nicknamed Ginny, is a small robotic helicopter operating on Mars as part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission along with the Perseverance rover, which landed with Ingenuity attached to its underside on February 18, 2021. The helicopter was deployed to the surface on April 3, 2021, and on April 19 successfully made the first powered controlled extraterrestrial flight by an aircraft, taking off vertically, hovering and landing for a flight duration of 39.1 seconds. As of its 38th flight, on 5 January 2023, the helicopter had remained flightworthy for 626 days after its first flight. The 25th flight, which occurred on April 8, 2022, set new records for highest speed and distance traveled. Ingenuity was designed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in collaboration with AeroVironment, Inc., NASA's Ames Research Center and Langley Research Center. Other prominent contributors were Lockheed Martin Space and SolAero. Its rotors measure 4 ft, and its entire body is 49 cm tall.

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Mars rover Perseverance spots Ingenuity helicopter resting on sand dune (photo)

More than a year and a half after its first flight on Mars, the Ingenuity helicopter has set a new record. The little 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) chopper completed its 35th flight on December 3 and reached a new altitude record of 46 feet (14 meters).

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Ingenuity helicopter heads toward ancient river delta on 31st Martian flight

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter makes 30th Martian flight

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Ingenuity helicopter surviving amidst power difficulty on Mars

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Ingenuity helicopter takes photos of debris field on Mars

Amazing! Ingenuity Helicopter Flies to the Perseverance Backshell and Parachute to See Them Close Up

NASA Ingenuity Helicopter Spots Spacecraft Wreckage on Mars – Perseverance’s Cone-Shaped Backshell

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NASA photos show the Perseverance Mars rover and tiny Ingenuity helicopter from space

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter makes its 24th flight on Mars

Wally Funk & Mars Ingenuity Helicopter Team Awarded Michael Collins Trophies

NASA's Perseverance rover begins 3-mile dash to the martian delta that scientists hope holds signs of ancient microbial life. Ingenuity helicopter will scout ahead after mission extended until at least September.

Mars Report: NASA Extends Ingenuity Helicopter Mission

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has captured over 2200 photographs of Mars