Category: Space

NASA gears up for Ingenuity’s fifth flight

NASA is preparing for its Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, to take its game-changing fifth flight on Friday. According to the space agency, Ingenuity will take again to Martian skies at 3:26pm EDT on Friday, with its flight data expected to hit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California by 7:31pm EDT that same day. According […]

Blue Origin auctions final seat on first crewed spaceflight

Billionaire Jeff Bezos’ aerospace company Blue Origin is set to perform its first suborbital flight with crew onboard on 20 July this year, and is offering up one spot onboard to the highest bidder. Following 15 consecutive successful non-crewed test flights, the 20 July flight will mark the first test flight with astronauts on board. […]

Another success for NASA’s Mars Helicopter, future plans revealed

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter has now successfully completed its fourth flight test on Mars, after a false start that occurred last Thursday, and again performed exactly as planned. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California, data received back from Ingenuity showed it successfully took off as planned on Friday, with the rotorcraft again […]

Mars Helicopter fails first attempt at fourth flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter was unable to take off for its fourth test flight on Mars on Thursday due to technical difficulties, however NASA is confident the fourth flight can be completed on Friday. According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California, data received back from Ingenuity on Thursday morning shows it did not […]

NASA’s Mars helicopter flies further and faster than ever in third successful flight

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has officially flown further and faster than ever before, with its third successful flight test on Sunday exceeding parameters of the flight tests on Earth. Ingenuity’s third flight test saw it soar five metres high, the same height as its second test, before flying a total of 50 metres downrange, just […]

Comment: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter flight on Mars opens up new frontiers in space exploration

In this cross-posting with The Conversation, York University Assistant Professor Jesse Rogerson discusses the future possibilities of space exploration in light of the Mars helicopter’s first flights. History has been made on Mars: NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter just achieved the first powered and controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity is a small, lightweight, drone-like helicopter that […]

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