NASA’s helicopter on Mars just keeps flying and flying

July 8, 2021
For NASA, taking some risk has paid off handsomely, Eric Berger reports for Ars Technica.

WASHINGTON - On Monday, NASA's Ingenuity helicopter made its ninth and most ambitious flight yet, Eric Berger reports for Ars TechnicaContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

July 8, 2021 - According to NASA's Twitter account, "the rotorcraft completed its 9th and most challenging flight yet, flying for 166.4 seconds at a speed of 5 m/s."

"We believe Ingenuity is ready for the challenge, based on the resilience and robustness demonstrated in our flights so far," NASA said. "Second, this high-risk, high-reward attempt fits perfectly within the goals of our current operational demonstration phase. A successful flight would be a powerful demonstration of the capability that an aerial vehicle, and only an aerial vehicle, can bring to bear in the context of Mars exploration."

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