Nasa's Mars helicopter's third flight

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  • Nasa's mini helicopter Ingenuity successfully completed its third flight on Mars, moving farther and faster than ever before.
  • It achieved a peak speed of 6.6 feet per second.
  • The helicopter on this third flight covered 64 feet (50 meters) of distance.
  • It was a test for the helicopter's autonomous navigation system.
  • Ingenuity's rotors have span four feet.
  • They have to spin at 2,400 revolutions per minute to achieve lift.
  • These revolutions are about five times more than a helicopter on Earth due to less density compared to Earth.
Source: The Hindu

Posted by Jawwad Kazi on 26th Apr 2021