The Long Haul – Ingenuity's Flight 9
This sequence of images from takeoff to landing was taken by the downward-looking navigation camera of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter during its ninth flight on Mars on July 5, 2021. The flight was the helicopter's longest in duration and distance to date – 2 minutes, 46 seconds and 2,051 feet (625 meters), respectively.
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.