Ingenuity's Color Camera Spies Helicopter's New Airfield
NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took this color image during its fourth flight, on April 30, 2021. "Airfield B," its new landing site, can be seen below. The helicopter will seek to set down there on its fifth flight attempt. An unannotated version of the image has also been provided.
The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter was built by JPL, which also manages the technology demonstration project for NASA Headquarters. It is supported by NASA's Science, Aeronautics Research, and Space Technology mission directorates. 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.