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Ingenuity Adapts for Mars Winter Operations
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Mastcam-Z Gives Ingenuity a Close-up: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter is seen here in a close-up taken by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard the Perseverance rover. This image was taken on April 5, the 45th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU. Download image ›
As detailed in our last blog post, for the first time in our yearlong extended mission we had a loss of communications with Ingenuity from the downlink of May 3 (Sol 427) and May 4 (Sol 428). After a week of anomaly investigation, two sols dedicated to data collection, and the heroic efforts of the Perseverance and Ingenuity operations teams, I am very happy to report that we have reestablished...
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NASA’s Ingenuity in Contact With Perseverance Rover After Communications Dropout
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Ingenuity at Airfield D: This image of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was taken by the Mastcam-Z instrument of the Perseverance rover on June 15, 2021, the 114th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The location, "Airfield D" (the fourth airfield), is just east of the "Séítah" geologic unit. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/MSSS. Download image ›
On Thursday, May 5, mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory received confirmation that the agency’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter had re-established communications with the Perseverance rover. Earlier in the week, the rotorcraft had missed a planned communications session with the rover – for the first time in over a year of operations on the Mars surface. Ingenuity relies on Persev...
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Balancing Risks in the 'Séítah' Region - Flight 24
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Mars Helicopter Route Options out of ‘Séítah': This annotated overhead image from the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) depicts three options for the agency’s Mars Ingenuity Helicopter to take on flights out of the “Séítah” region, as well as the location of the entry, descent, and landing (EDL) hardware. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/USGS. Download image ›
Ingenuity continued its journey towards the river delta this weekend with Flight 24. This flight took place Sunday, April 3, and the data arrived back later that evening. The flight was the fourth of five sorties Ingenuity will make to cross the “Séítah” region of Jezero Crater and arrive in the vicinity of its delta. This multiflight shortcut across Séítah is being done to keep ahead of the Pe...
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Dusty Flight 19 Completed and Looking Ahead to Flight 20
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Mars Helicopter Sol 345 - Navigation Camera: Navigation camera image captured just as Ingenuity took off for Flight 19, showing accumulated sand flying off of one of Ingenuity’s feet.  Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
The Ingenuity team is beginning preparations for Flight 20! Flight 19 was successfully completed on February 7, 2022, at 20:21 PST (Sol 345 of the Perseverance mission, 12:00 LMST Local Mean Solar Time), and placed Ingenuity safely within the designated landing ellipse just above the eastern ridge of the “South Séítah” basin. Flight 19 was a reminder of the challenges and unpredictability...
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Grounded: First Flight Delay Due to Inclement Weather on Another World
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Dust Storm and Jezero Crater: Images acquired Jan. 9, 2022, from the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were combined to create this view showing the presence of a regional dust storm obscuring the location of Perseverance rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (white circle). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Download image ›
Flight 19 for NASA’s Ingenuity is scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday, Jan. 23 The atmosphere of Mars is much less dense than Earth’s; however, the Mars climate shares many similarities to Earth: seasons, changing winds, ice clouds, and dust storms, among others. Predicting weather events, as is true for Earth, is always an uncertain endeavor. In preparing for Flight 19, we fo...
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Flight 19 - New Year, Same Ingenuity
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Flight 19 Landing Zone: The targeted landing zone for Ingenuity’s Flight 19 can be seen in this RTE image from Flight 9. The targeted landing spot is in the center of the image, just below the rover tracks. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
The next flight on Mars marks the first of 2022 and the nineteenth for NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The current mission goal is to reach the Jezero river delta to aid the Perseverance rover in path planning and scientific discovery. This flight, which will take place no earlier than Friday, Jan. 7, takes the scout vehicle out of the South Séítah basin, across the dividing ridge, and up ont...
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Flight 17 – Discovering Limits
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Topography Between Mars Helicopter and Rover for Flight 17: In this annotated image, Ingenuity’s flight path is depicted in yellow. Perseverance’s location is indicated in the upper left, with the blue line depicting its line of sight to the helicopter’s Flight 17 landing spot. The topographic map below it indicates the altitude of surface features between the rover and helicopter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
December 16, 2021, Update:  NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter does not run Apache or log4j nor is it susceptible to the log4j vulnerability. NASA takes cybersecurity very seriously and, for this reason, we do not discuss specifics regarding the cybersecurity of agency assets. The interruption in data communications between the Ingenuity helicopter and the base station on the Perseverance rove...
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Flight 17 - Heading North Into Séítah
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,

Mars Helicopter Sol 133 - Color Camera​: NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter acquired this image during its 9th flight. Flight 17 will fly by this terrain again and land near the upper right corner of the image. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

With Flight 17, Ingenuity continues its journey back to Wright Brothers Field at the Octavia E. Butler landing site. Flight 17 is the third flight of this journey and is scheduled to take place no earlier than Sunday, Dec. 5 with the data arriving back on Earth no earlier than later that same day.  Flight 17 is approximately half of Flight 9 in reverse, which was one of the most challenging ...
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Flight 16 – Short Hop to the North
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Mars Helicopter Sol 254 - 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. 6, 2021 (Sol 254 of the Perseverance rover mission) at the local mean solar time of 12:06:00. This was the date of Ingenuity's 15th flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›
With Flight 15, Ingenuity began the journey back towards “Wright Brothers Field” at “Octavia E. Butler Landing,” the site where Perseverance touched down with Ingenuity in February. This flight was performed with the recently-increased rotor speed of 2,700 rpm. After reviewing the data from Flight 15, the Ingenuity team is prepared to attempt our Flight 16 no earlier than Saturday, Nov. 20. ...
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Flight #15 - Start of the Return Journey
This image was taken by the Perseverance rover with the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity on the surface of Mars at the location,
Perseverance's First Road Trip: This annotated image of Mars' Jezero Crater depicts the route NASA's Perseverance rover is taking during its first science campaign – as well as its path to the location of its second science campaign. Ingenuity will be tasked with joining Perseverance along this journey, with the goal of reaching Jezero’s river delta. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona. Download image ›
With conjunction over and our first flight at 2,700 RPM behind us, Ingenuity is ready to begin the journey back to the Wright Brothers Field at the Octavia E. Butler landing site, before venturing beyond. The above figure depicts the mission ahead of Ingenuity, which is to join Perseverance in the trek north along the east edge of Séítah, before traveling west to reach the Jezero ancient river ...
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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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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

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