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Status Updates

Ingenuity Reestablishes Communications
On Saturday, Jan. 20, communications were reestablished between Ingenuity and NASA’s Perseverance rover. The Ingenuity team has determined the helicopter is power-positive and is sitting vertically on the surface. Next steps include running further diagnostic checks, commanding Ingenuity to take photos of its location on the surface, and performing a spin test. 
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Flight 72 Status Update
On Jan. 18, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter executed its 72nd flight at the Red Planet. The flight was designed as a quick pop-up vertical flight to check out the helicopter’s systems, following an unplanned early landing during its previous flight. Data Ingenuity sent to the Perseverance rover (which acts as a relay between the helicopter and Earth) during the flight indicates it successfully...
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Flight 72 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover
Mars Helicopter Sol 1009 - Navigation Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its navigation camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This image was acquired on Dec. 22, 2023 (Sol 1009 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:15:29. This was the date of Ingenuity's 70th flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Flight 72 Expected flight date: 01/18/2024 Horizontal flight distance: 0 meters Expected flight time: 32.08 seconds Flight altitude: 12 meters Heading: NA Max flight speed: 0 m/s Goal of flight: Pop-up Flight - Localization Airfield: Same
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Flight 71 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover
Mars Helicopter Sol 1007 - Navigation Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its navigation camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This image was acquired on Dec. 20, 2023 (Sol 1007 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:15:33. This was the date of Ingenuity's 69th flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Flight 71 Expected flight date: 01/06/2024 Horizontal flight distance: 358.3 meters Expected flight time: 124.92 seconds Flight altitude: 12 meters Heading: West Max flight speed: 7 m/s Goal of flight: Reposition Helicopter Airfield: Same
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Flight 70 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover
Mars Helicopter Sol 990 - Color Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its high-resolution color camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed approximately 22 degrees below the horizon. This image was acquired on Dec. 2, 2023 (Sol 990 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:21:32. This was the date of Ingenuity's 67th flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Flight 70 Expected flight date: 12/22/2023 Horizontal flight distance: 258.735 meters Expected flight time: 129.37 seconds Flight altitude: 12 meters Heading: West Max flight speed: 3 m/s Goal of flight: Reposition Helicopter Airfield: Same
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The Right Stuff
Mars surface image from rover
First Controlled Flight of Mars Helicopter Prototype: The first full-scale Ingenuity prototype is tested inside JPL’s 25-foot thermal-vacuum chamber (5/31/2016). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Trailblazer Long before Ingenuity’s historic first flight on Mars, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California and their collaborators at AeroVironment Inc. were already moving the boundaries of human knowledge and aeronautic achievement with testing here on Earth. Flights by an Ingenuity prototype in 2016 showed that controlled, aerodynamic flight was possible in a ...
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Flight 69 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover

Mars Helicopter Sol 990 - Color Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its high-resolution color camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed approximately 22 degrees below the horizon. This image was acquired on Dec. 2, 2023 (Sol 990 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:20:52. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

Flight 69 Expected flight date: 12/19/2023 Horizontal flight distance: 702.37 meters Expected flight time: 131.10 seconds Flight altitude: 16 meters Heading: East-northeast Max flight speed: 10 m/s Goal of flight: Flight Test Airfield: Same
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Flight 68 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover
Mars Helicopter Sol 962 - Navigation Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its navigation camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This image was acquired on Nov. 4, 2023 (Sol 962 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:13:26. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Flight 68 Expected flight date: 12/09/2023 Horizontal flight distance: 828 meters Expected flight time: 146.56 seconds Flight altitude: 16 meters Heading: Northeast (out & back flight) Max flight speed: 10 m/s Goal of flight: Flight Test Airfield: Same
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Flight 67 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars surface image from rover
Mars Helicopter Sol 961 - Navigation Camera: NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image using its navigation camera. This camera is mounted in the helicopter's fuselage and pointed directly downward to track the ground during flight. This image was acquired on Nov. 3, 2023 (Sol 961 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 10:33:56. This was the date of Ingenuity's 66th flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
Flight 67 Expected flight date: 12/02/2023 Horizontal flight distance: 392.84 meters Expected flight time: 133.57 seconds Flight altitude: 12 meters Heading: Northwest Max flight speed: 5.3 m/s Goal of flight: Reposition the helicopter Airfield: New
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The Long Wait
Mars surface image from rover
Perseverance Checks Out Ingenuity: This image taken by Perseverance rover’s MastCam-Z shows Ingenuity at its Flight 53 emergency landing site on Sol 871.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS. Download image ›
There was a long delay between Flight 52 and Flight 53,  and a deviation from the published Flight 53 plan. I will address both in this blog post. First, the Flight 53 delay was the direct result of a decision by the team to fly Ingenuity out of telecom communications range with the rover. One may question the wisdom of this, but there are good reasons to do so.  When plotting a traversal pa...
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About This Blog

These blog updates were provided by the Mars Helicopter team. The Mars Helicopter was a technology demonstration to test the first powered flight on Mars.

Dates of planned test activities sometimes changed due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays, helicopter and/or rover status.

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Contributors+

  • Ben Morrell
    Ingenuity Operations Engineer, NASA/JPL
  • Bob Balaram
    Chief Engineer for the Mars Helicopter Project, NASA/JPL
  • David Agle
    Media Representative, NASA/JPL
  • Håvard Grip
    Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Chief Pilot, NASA/JPL
  • Jaakko Karras
    Ingenuity Chief Engineer, NASA/JPL
  • Josh Ravich
    Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Mechanical Engineering Lead, NASA/JPL
  • Joshua Anderson
    Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Operations Lead, NASA/JPL
  • Martin Cacan
    Ingenuity Pilot, NASA/JPL
  • MiMi Aung
    Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Project Manager, NASA/JPL
  • Teddy Tzanetos
    Ingenuity Team Lead, NASA/JPL
  • Travis Brown
    Chief Engineer Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, NASA/JPL

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