NASA's experimental Mars helicopter has airport

NASA's experimental Mars helicopter has airport

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's experimental Mars helicopter climbed from the dusty red surface to the narrow air Monday, attaining the first powered, controlled flight on a different world.

The victory has been hailed as a Wright Brothers second. The miniature 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) copter called Ingenuity, actually, carried a little wing cloth from the 1903 Wright Flyer, which made comparable background at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

"We are now able to state that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on a different world," job manager MiMi Aung declared to her group.

Flight controls in California supported Ingenuity's brief jump after receiving information through the Perseverance rover, which stood watch over 200 feet (65 meters) away.

The $85 million helicopter presentation was considered high risk, nevertheless large reward.

"Every world becomes just one flight," job manager MiMi Aung mentioned earlier that month. Talking on a NASA webcast ancient Monday, she called it the"ultimate fantasy "

Aung and her staff had to wait for over three excruciating hours prior to studying if the flight had triumphed 178 million kilometers (287 million km ) away. Adding to their stress: A program error prevented the helicopter from lifting off a week before and had engineers attempting to think of a fix.