NASA's Ingenuity Mars Lander

Celebrating the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

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An artist's concept of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flying through the Red Planet's skies. | Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Name: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (Nickname: Ginny)
Launched from Earth: 30 July 2020
Landed on Mars: 18 February 2021
First Flight on Mars: 19 April 2021
End of Mission on Mars: 25 January 2024

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was a technology demonstration to test the first powered flight on Mars. As its technology demonstration ended, AIAA marked Ingenuity’s historic mission with this tribute to the engineering determination and innovation documented by AIAA. The Institute shared statements commemorating Ingenuity’s historic first powered, controlled flight on another planet and the end of Ingenuity’s mission.

Over the years, innovators have chronicled their work on rotorcraft designed for missions on other planets and moons by authoring articles for AIAA peer-reviewed journals, books, and meeting papers for AIAA forums. Their original research results and technological progress have been published in AIAA’s Aerospace Research Central (ARC), the leading source of aerospace industry archives. AIAA is committed to ensuring students and professionals have access to the most important advances in aerospace science and technology through ARC.

Please search the ARC database for more content on this subject. Check out these AIAA publications on Ingenuity Mars Helicopter and related technologies.

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The ASCEND community hosted an exclusive briefing with members of the NASA mission’s science and technical team:
ASCENDxWebinar: Preview: NASA Perseverance Mars Arrival


The editorial team at Aerospace America published a podcast interview with the chief engineer on the program, NASA’s Bob Balaram: Creating Ingenuity


Mars Helicopter – NASA Mars 
Highlights, Timeline, Quick Facts


Ingenuity Mars Helicopter 1:1 scale model at 2021 AIAA Awards Gala, Washington, DC


Håvard Grip, Chief Pilot and Flight Control Lead, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, delivers NASA JPL William H. Pickering Lecture, 2021 ASCEND, Las Vegas, Nevada


On behalf of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Team, Håvard Grip receives 2021 AIAA Space Systems Award, “For the design and flight test validation of the first helicopter designed for flight at Mars,” from AIAA CEO Dan Dumbacher, 2021 ASCEND, Las Vegas, Nevada.


MiMi Aung, former Project Manager, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, NASA, speaking during panel discussion, “Arrival: Persevering into the Future,” at 2021 ASCEND, Las Vegas, Nevada