The Ingenuity helicopter completes its tenth flight over the surface of Mars. NASA noted that it was the most difficult.
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter has successfully completed its tenth and most challenging flight over the surface of Mars. The American aerospace agency announced this on Twitter. In total, Ingenuity has flown 1.6 km in the atmosphere of the Red Planet since April 2021.
The #MarsHelicopter’s success today marks its 1-mile total distance flown. It targeted an area called "Raised Ridges." This is the most complex flight yet w/ 10 distinct waypoints and a record height of 40 ft (12 m). Its scouting is aiding @NASAPersevere. https://t.co/tboEcnLvx3 pic.twitter.com/Wc6tDVimIT
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) July 25, 2021
As part of the last flight, the helicopter flew along a given route of ten checkpoints at a record height of 12 meters in an area called Raised Ridges. There he conducted reconnaissance for the Perseverance rover. From the moment of takeoff to the very landing, the device was in the air of the Red Planet for 165.4 s, having covered 95 m.
Ingenuity has already completed its main mission. In April, a test flight showed that it is possible to launch helicopters in the atmosphere of Mars. It was decided to extend the Ingenuity mission. NASA is using it as a scout for the Perseverance rover.