Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars (Illustration)
An illustration of NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter flying on Mars.
Ingenuity, a technology demonstration experiment, will be the first aircraft to attempt powered, controlled flight on another planet. Ingenuity arrived at Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, attached to the belly of NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. Ingenuity is expected to attempt its first flight test in spring 2021.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory built and manages operations of Perseverance and Ingenuity for the agency. Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages JPL for NASA.
For more information about Ingenuity, go to: mars.nasa.gov/technology/helicopter.