Watch NASA’s Mars Helicopter make a record-breaking flight

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is still pushing the limits long after its first Mars launch. As CNET Remarkshas the space agency divided Video of Ingenuity’s 25th milestone flight on April 8th as it broke endurance and speed records. The robotic helicopter flew at 12 MPH for just over two minutes and 41 seconds, providing footage of the Red Planet’s rippling fields of sand and rock as part of the 2,310-foot journey. The footage you see below has been sped up to reduce viewing time to 35 seconds.

The video doesn’t include the beginning and end of the journey, but for good reason. The navigation camera turns off when Ingenuity is less than three feet from the surface of Mars to prevent dust from interfering with the navigation system. The autonomous aviator receives flight plans from JPL, but uses a combination of camera, laser range finder and inertial measurement unit to adapt to real-world conditions.

Ingenuity has flown three times since then. It is currently preparing for a 29th flight after a brief scare in early May when the mission team lost communications after the helicopter went into a low power state. So NASA isn’t easily deterred — expect the plane to keep flying for a while.

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