NASA Mars Ingenuity helicopter survives “in-flight anomaly” on sixth flight

Source: CNet News

“NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter on Mars has been a story of triumph, and now one of perseverance. After five successful flights, Ingenuity encountered an ‘in-flight anomaly’ during its sixth flight attempt. The helicopter landed safely despite the problem. NASA had planned to send the chopper on a scouting mission to snap aerial images of the landscape and land in a new spot. The first 490 feet (150 meters) of the flight on May 22 went smoothly. ‘But toward the end of that leg, something happened: Ingenuity began adjusting its velocity and tilting back and forth in an oscillating pattern,’ NASA said in a statement on Thursday. The helicopter continued to buck, and NASA noted a spike in power consumption prior to Ingenuity landing safely.” (05/27/21)