NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter made its second flight on Mars after completing its first controlled flight to Mars this weekend with a 1.8K helicopter.
On its second flight, Ingenuity rose to a height of five meters, tilted slightly and moved two meters sideways after landing again at the site called the “Wright Brothers Field”. In total, the helicopter stayed in the air for about 52 seconds, which is slightly longer than the 39 seconds that it took for the first flight using creativity. Ingenuity’s chief pilot, Harvard Grip, said after the helicopter’s second flight:
“The helicopter stops, flies in place, turns to point the camera in different directions. Then it returns to the center of the airport to land. It sounds simple, but there are many unknowns about how to fly a helicopter on Mars. That’s why we are here – let’s make these unknowns known.” .
Just like during Ingenuity’s first flight, everything was monitored by NASA’s Mars rover, which is about 64 meters from the helicopter. I also pictured the flight and a photo of what it looked like you can check out above.