Mars helicopter Ingenuity aces 1st flight after software update

NASA’s Mars helicopter Ingenuity has performed its shortest-ever flight, the initially just after a main program update that will allow the small chopper to land more safely and navigate above rugged terrain. 

Ingenuity‘s 34th flight, which took location on Tuesday (Nov. 22), lasted only 18 seconds and observed the helicopter briefly hover just after takeoff previously mentioned Mars’ area ahead of landing just 16 ft (5 meters) absent from its starting up level. The flight, the to start with because Sept. 29, was the to start with try out-out of a new program method that was beamed to Ingenuity from Earth to enhance its ability to function in the rugged terrain that its father or mother Perseverance rover is presently exploring.