The flight represented a transition to the stage of demonstrating new operations. This phase will focus on learning
“The fifth flight of the Mars Helicopter is another bigachievement for the agency. Ingenuity's continued success proves the value of combining the strengths of different skill sets from across the agency to create a future like flying a helicopter on another planet! "
Bob Pierce, NASA Space Research Assistant Administrator
The flight began at 3:26 pm ET (12:00 pm ET)26 PST, 12:33 PM local time on Mars) and lasted 108 seconds. The Ingenuity team selected a new landing site based on information gathered from a previous flight, the first aerial reconnaissance operation in another world, which allowed them to create digital elevation maps showing almost completely flat terrain without obstacles.
Likewise, NASA seeks throughIngenuity to learn more about how next-generation helicopter operations can benefit future exploration of the Red Planet. This new phase will bring additional risk to Ingenuity through more one-way flights and more precise maneuvering.
Having successfully landed at their new airfield,Ingenuity will await further instructions from mission controllers via Perseverance. The agency's fifth rover to Planet Four is also heading south to the region, where it will begin research and sample collection. The immediate strategy does not require further long travel, which would leave the helicopter far away, allowing Ingenuity to continue demonstrating operations.
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