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NASA space agency: Mars helicopter flies even faster in third use


Again the mini helicopter "Ingenuity" flew in the air on Mars - for 80 seconds. This time, according to NASA, he made it even further and faster than his first attempts.

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Photo of the »Ingenuity« helicopter - taken by the Mars rover »Perseverance«


The Mars helicopter “Ingenuity” has apparently outdone itself on its third flight: As reported by the US space agency Nasa, it flew further and faster than in tests on Earth.

Accordingly, the helicopter reached a top speed of up to seven kilometers per hour.

He covered a distance of 50 meters.

The latest flight on Sunday went “exactly as planned”, but at the same time absolutely impressive, said “Ingenuity” project manager Dave Lavery.

The "Perseverance" lander filmed the helicopter during its 80-second mission.

According to NASA, the videos will be broadcast to earth in the coming days.

According to NASA, a fourth flight is planned in a few days.

more on the subject

  • Ingenuity's first Mars flight: on the surface

  • First flight of »Ingenuity«: Mars helicopter takes off successfullyBy Christoph Seidler

According to NASA, the helicopter's autonomous navigation system was to be tested with the horizontal flight.

Aircraft such as “Ingenuity” could revolutionize space exploration because they could be used to explore more areas and, because of their surface structure, areas of alien celestial bodies that are difficult to navigate.

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Source: spiegel

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