NASA's Mars helicopter went further, faster in fourth flight, and we're not done yet

Published May 01 2021 at 4:11 PM GMT
  • Another day, another successful flight test for NASA's Mars Ingenuity helicopter.
  • In fact, the mission has been so successful that it's going to be extended.
  • For Ingenuity's fourth flight test, out of an originally planned five, the four-pound remote-controlled aircraft traveled almost 900 feet at 8 miles per hour, a trip that took just shy of two minutes to complete.
  • Like the previous test, it flew at a height of 16.5 feet.
  • The distance and speed are roughly double where we were when Ingenuity's third flight test unfolded on April 25.



  • Published May 1, 2021 4:11 PM GMT