NASA Reestablishes Contact With Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Written 6 July 2023


Artist’s concept of the Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft. | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Wikimedia Commons; Public Domain

Spaceflight Now reports, “NASA engineers are prepping the miniature Mars helicopter Ingenuity for its 53rd flight across the surface of the Red Planet after re-establishing contact following a two-month radio blackout.” The disruption “was due to a Martian hill blocking line-of-sight communications with the Perseverance rover – which acts as a conduit between the helicopter and ground controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California.”
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