Sol 69 NASA Mars Perseverance Rover On Mars photos

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First time was suspense, Second time was awesome. Then the Third time commenced and it was spectacular. When almost was demonstrated perfectly, the Fourth time was even more remarkable. Intended to be a technology demonstrator, Mars Helicopter Ingenuity, lifts off once again at greater distance and completed a round trip flight for 117 seconds.

ASA’s Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (upper right) using its left Mastcam-Z camera. Mastcam-Z is a pair of cameras located high on the rovers mast. This is one still frame from a sequence captured by the camera while taking video. This image was acquired on Apr. 30, 2021 (Sol 69) at the Local Mean Solar Time of 12:33:27.

In the latest and Fourth flight, the helicopter took off at 10:49 a.m. EDT (7:49 a.m. PDT, or 12:33 local Mars time), climbing to an altitude of 16 feet (5 meters) before flying south approximately 436 feet (133 meters) and then back, for an 872-foot (266-meter) round trip. In total, we were in the air for 117 seconds. That’s another set of records for the helicopter, even compared to the spectacular third flight. source [ ingenuity-completes-its-fourth-flight ].

Next steps

What a milestone and a great way to conclude April. Five flight demonstrations is in the funnel and Ingenuity have successfully logged four of those, Successfully. Pretty impressive. See below flight schedules.

Flight N° Date
(UTC)
Duration
(seconds)
Peak altitude
(feet/meters)
Total distance moved
(feet/meters)
Flight route Flight Objectives Outcome
1
19 April 2021 at 07:34
39.1
10 ft (3.0 m)
0 ft (0 m)
Vertical takeoff,stay in the same place and hover, landing
  • Takeoff up to a height of 10 ft (3.0 m)
  • Hovering
  • Rotating clockwise in place (yaw from 0 to +90°)
  • Landing
Success
2
22 April 2021 at 09:33
51.9
16 ft (4.9 m)
14 ft (4.3 m)
Vertical takeoff, hover, shift Westwards, hover, return, hover, landing
  • Start horizontal motion with max airspeed 0.5 m/s after takeoff up to a height of 16 ft (4.9 m)
  • Stop horizontal motion
  • Take snapshots using horizon facing colour camera
  • Rotating counterclockwise in place (yaw from +90° to 0° to -90° to -180°, in 3 steps)
  • Land in same place of takeoff after moving
  • Counterbalance lateral wind pull
Success
3
25 April 2021 at 11:31
80
17 ft (5.2 m)
328 ft (100 m)
Vertical takeoff, hover, shift Northwards with max airspeed of 2 m/s, hover, return, hover, landing
  • Start horizontal motion with max airspeed 2.0 m/s instead of 0.5 m/s while maintaining almost the same height to which it was flown on second flight
  • Land in same place of takeoff after taking a roundtrip ranging up to 164 ft (50 m) North of takeoff site
Success
4
First unsuccessful try at 29 April 2021 at 14:12 Second try successful on 30 April 2021 at 14:49
117
16 ft (4.9 m)
872 ft (266 m)
Vertical takeoff, hover, shift Southwards with max airspeed of 3.5 m/s, hover, return, hover, landing
  • Start horizontal motion with max airspeed 3.5 m/s instead of earlier 2.0 m/s while maintaining almost the same height to which it was flown on second flight
  • Land in same place of takeoff after taking a roundtrip up to 436 ft (133 m) South of takeoff site
  • Take black and white images for every 4 ft (1.2 m) while travelling between 276 ft (84 m) and 436 ft (133 m) and taking colour images while hovering at the point on 436 ft (133 m) before returning to the takeoff site to create a 3D map.
Success
5
NET
7 May 2021
TBD
TBD
TBD
Will not return, but select a new landing site. Pending

Pictures are worth thousand words. So, I’m just sharing all photos as captured by NASA Mars Perseverance Rover currently on the Red planet. Photo, crawled using NASA API. Really helpful delivered to my inbox. With additional steps, reflected the structured table into this post. Here’s how you can go back to the technical on how we crawl these raw images as Percy streams it to NASA lend us with the API

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Raw images from Mars

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830931MCZ_RIGHT
830928MCZ_LEFT
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