Historical day today for NASA. Little helicopter takes flight on Mars

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Historical day today for NASA. Little helicopter takes flight on Mars

Post by De58te » Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:30 pm

I just read on AOL news that the helicopter on Mars took powered flight successfully, hopping up in the air about 3 metres.

“Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has performed its first flight, the first flight of a powered aircraft on another planet,” said the helicopter’s chief pilot back on Earth, Havard Grip, his voice breaking as his teammates erupted in cheers.
Flight controllers in California confirmed Ingenuity’s brief hop after receiving data via the Perseverance rover, which stood watch more than 200 feet (65 meters) away. Ingenuity hitched a ride to Mars on Perseverance, clinging to the rover’s belly upon their arrival in an ancient river delta in February. -Associated Press

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Re: Historical day today for NASA. Little helicopter takes flight on Mars

Post by neufer » Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:28 pm

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De58te wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 6:30 pm

Altimeter data confirms that Ingenuity has performed its first flight, the first flight of a powered aircraft on another planet,” said the helicopter’s chief pilot back on Earth, Havard Grip, his voice breaking as his teammates erupted in cheers. Flight controllers in California confirmed Ingenuity’s brief hop after receiving data via the Perseverance rover, which stood watch more than 200 feet (65 meters) away. Ingenuity hitched a ride to Mars on Perseverance, clinging to the rover’s belly upon their arrival in an ancient river delta in February. -Associated Press
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