Mars Helicopter Video and the Successful Fifth Flight

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The much anticipated fifth flight was a success as it completes First One-Way Trip to another spot. A flight from Wright Brothers Field to an airfield 423 feet (129 meters) to the south on May 7, 2021. This is a great achievement as the Helicopter transitions from Test demonstration to operations demonstration. Rising a height of 33 meters (10 feet) and shows the rotorcrafts vantage point at aerial perspective of Mars Perseverance Rover’s exploration. A feat that was first on alien planet. A tandem of ground and aerial robots working closely together to augment the explorations capability.

Sol 76 will be final leg of the technology demonstration mission of the helicopter. The resounding success of the 5 flights will be the foundational phase and with the information collected on those phases will be an instrumental role in the coming weeks for its operational life. Enjoy the video below showing the 5 milestones of the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity’s flights.

Mars Helicopter Milestones

Next flights will be exciting for the helicopter as it will embark on an ever 2 to 3 weeks timeline for flights. We’ll expect this until end of August.

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, stationary hover, landing
  • Start the Technology Demonstration Phase
  • 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[83]
  • 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 on 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 color images while hovering at the point on 436 ft (133 m) before returning to the takeoff site to create a 3D map.
  • To be the first interplanetary spacecraft whose voice was heard and recorded by another interplanetary spacecraft, Perseverance Rover.
Success
5

7 May 2021 at 19:26 [87]
108
33 ft (10 m)
423 ft (129 m)
Vertical takeoff, hover, shift Southwards with max airspeed of 3.5 m/s, Rise to 33 ft (10 m), hover, landing at that spot
  • First flight without return to the initial take off site. Landing on a new site
  • Rise up to 33 ft (10 m) above the new landing site
  • End the technology demonstration phase
Success
6 ff.
Every 2 to 3 weeks until end of August[88]
TBD
TBD
TBD
  • Will embark a new operation demonstration phase after technology demonstration phase
Planned

In the meantime, here are some raw images streamed on Sol 76. Quite scarce for this batch. But we have some really interesting close-up by SHERLOC-WATSON. We are now expecting the exploration mode for Perseverance rover revs up in the following days. Maybe ramping up to Sol 90 mark.

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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source [ NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Completes First One-Way Trip ]

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