NASA dropped the latest video of ingenuity, allowing you to experience the excitement for yourself.
During Ingenuity’s 25th flight, on April 18, the little rotorcraft that could most certainly did. The autonomous flight covered a distance of 2,310 feet more than seven football fields – at a pace of 12 miles per hour. It was a record-breaker, the fastest and longest flight yet (though based on how well it’s performed on Mars, expect that record to be broken too, no hex), and the whole thing was recorded with the chopper’s downward facing camera.
“For our record-breaking flight, Ingenuity’s downward looking navigation camera provided us with a breathtaking sense of what it would feel like gliding 33 feet above the surface of Mars at 12 miles per hour,” said Teddy Tzanetos, who leads the Ingenuity team out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California.
Ginny, as it’s affectionately known, recently experienced a short bout of silence after entering a low-power state, but it’s almost ready to fly again. Its next flight will be its 29th. Not bad for a helicopter that was only supposed to make five flights in 30 days. Maybe next time it’ll even find a secret doorway, according to CNET.