PIA26233: First Controlled Flight of Mars Helicopter Prototype
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Helicopter 
 Spacecraft:  Ingenuity
 Product Size:  1921 x 1027 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA26233.tif (5.486 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA26233.jpg (261 kB)

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This image shows a test flight of a full-scale prototype of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. The flight took place on May 31, 2016, in the 25-foot-wide, 85-foot-tall (8-meter-by-26-meter) Space Simulator Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. The flight was the first demonstration that powered-controlled flight could be successfully executed in Mars-like conditions.

The simulator's vacuum chamber allows engineers to test spacecraft and components in conditions like those they would face on Mars.

The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL, which manages the project for NASA Headquarters. It is supported by NASA's Science Mission Directorate. NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley and NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, provided significant flight performance analysis and technical assistance during Ingenuity's development. AeroVironment Inc., Qualcomm, and SolAero also provided design assistance and major vehicle components. Lockheed Martin Space designed and manufactured the Mars Helicopter Delivery System. JPL is managed for the agency by Caltech in Pasadena, California.

For more information about the mission, go to https://mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter/.

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