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Flight 49 Preview – By the Numbers
Mars Helicopter Sol 741 - 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 March 22, 2023 (Sol 741 of the Perseverance rover mission). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
  • Flight: 49
  • Flight date (no earlier than): 03/29/2023
  • Horizontal distance: feet 893.9 feet (272.5 meters)
  • Flight time: 135.47 seconds
  • Max Altitude: 40 feet (12 meters) during flight – with 52.5 (16 meter) pop-up at the end
  • Heading: Northwest
  • Max speed: 14.5 mph (6.5 meters per second) 
  • Goal of flight: 1) Reposition of the helicopter, 2) imaging science targets

About This Blog

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

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

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  • 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

Where is the Mars Helicopter?

Image of a rover pin-point at Perseverance's location on Mars, Jezero Crater

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