NASA's Mars Helicopter Travels Farther and Faster on Its Third Flight It ventured half the length of a football field.

By J. Fingas

This story originally appeared on Engadget

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter just completed a much more ambitious third flight. As reports, the Mars aircraft ventured about 164 feet north of its home base (slightly more than half the length of a football field) at a speed of about 4.5MPH. That may not sound like much, but Ingenuity only traveled 13 feet at 1.1MPH during its second flight — this was far enough that you almost have to squint to see Ingenuity in the photo above.

Related: NASA's Mars Helicopter Took Flight for the First Time, Opening the Door for a New Generation of Space Drones

There are only two potential flights left before NASA winds down its efforts in early May and shifts focus to the Perserverance rover's main mission. Expect these to be exciting, though. Project manager Mimi Aung said the final two journeys should be "really adventurous" and test the limits of the flying machine.

The successes so far are already likely to have a significant impact on future Mars exploration. Ingenuity is proof that aircraft can fly on the planet despite its very low atmospheric density, and there's now a good chance that later missions will use drones to survey Mars from perspectives that simply weren't available before.

Editor's Pick

Related Topics


This Simple USB Device Turns TVs into an Art Gallery for $39.99

It's compatible with smart TVs and other digital frames.


4 Marketing Budget Hacks That Will Boost Your Business in 2024

Use these tried and true tips to create a marketing budget that really moves the needle on your success in the upcoming year.

Business News

'Are These Big 12 Refs?': Dr Pepper College Football Halftime Giveaway Goes Wrong After Counting Error

The Internet served as the ultimate instant replay during the Dr. Pepper Halftime Tuition Giveaway on Saturday as the refs appeared to blow the call.


How to Create a Winning Pitch for Your Digital Platform

Zach Barney, the founder of Mobly, explains how he created a successful pitch for his big shot at glory on "Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch."


This 19-Year-Old College Student's Invention Relieves Migraines -- and His Pitch Landed a $10,000 Investment

On this episode of the "Post-Pitch Podcast," David Fleming explains the development of his health product, and how he created a pitch that blew investors' minds.