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Ingenuity is the helicopter drone that flew to Mars on the Perseverence rover. Use for questions about the device itself. Use with the [perseverence] tag.

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How Ingenuity ensures it does not fly away from the range of connection from Perseverance?

There must be a range after which Ingenuity cannot communicate with Perseverance. I am not sure what that distance is. How Ingenuity ensures it does not fly away out of that distance? If inadvertently ...
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What could Perseverance listening to Ingenuity reveal?

On 2021 May 7, the science lead for Perseverance's SuperCam Mars microphone said about that microphone's recording of a flight of the Ingenuity helicopter: We had carried out tests and simulations ...
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Dust on Ingenuity solar panel

Photos of Ingenuity show dust on the solar panel. Does air moved by the rotors keep it clean enough to [edited] keep charging the batteries?
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Where is the uncropped version of this cool Ingenuity navigation camera GIF?

Ingenuity's Shadow During Third Flight shows the GIF below which is made from cropped bits from several downward-looking images from Ingenuity's navigation camera, stretched so that the ground is ...
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Could Ingenuity use the shadow of its legs for navigation to fly autonomously to the sample cache depot location?

It's summertime now in Jezero crater, and according to the HORIZONS Web-Interface the subsolar latitude for Mars varies between both the end of May and November 2021 from 18.5⁰ N to ~25.5⁰ N and back ...
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At the end of the test campaign, could Ingenuity be programmed to fly fully autonomously to the planned sample cache depot location?

From an interview with Tim Canham, Mars Helicopter Operations Lead at JPL in the article How NASA Designed a Helicopter That Could Fly Autonomously on Mars: It has a sequencing engine on board, and ...
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Does Ingenuity rotate via differential rotor speeds or differential angles of attack?

I've seen a few photos taken by Ingenuity of its own shadow, and the angle between the two sets of rotors is different in each. That suggests to me that spinning the counter-propagating rotors at very ...
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Up to what mach/reynolds numbers will Ingenuity be tested?

From an aerodynamics perspective, velocity alone is insufficient to describe the flow regime experienced during flight. For the Ingenuity helicopter, what specific mach numbers and reynolds numbers ...
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How was it commanded to Ingenuity to fly to 10 ft and land again?

Since Mars is multiple light minutes away from Earth, Ingenuity can't be controlled remotely like any drone. Was there a command given to Ingenuity to at a certain time rise to 10 feet and then land ...
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How does the Mars Ingenuity helicopter “know” where it is?

Building on this question, how does the Ingenuity helicopter determine its location on Mars? Even if it only did a straight up and down hover/hop, it would need some "awareness" of where it ...
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What is the exposure time of the navigation camera on Ingenuity?

Today's first image from Ingenuity's navigation camera shows a remarkable lack of motion blur in the shadow of the rotors, despite them turning at 2600 RPM: The factsheet tells us: Navigation (NAV) ...
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Could a helicopter escape Titan?

Titan has 50% denser atmosphere than Earth and a fraction of the gravity. Could a helicopter-like probe, similar to the Dragonfly or Ingenuity, generate enough lift and velocity to escape Titan? Or ...
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Local atmospheric pressure and local surface gravity in Jezero crater?

Did Perseverance and/or Ingenuity measure the local atmospheric pressure and local gravity where they are? Ingenuity had been tested in a 0.006 atm chamber on Earth, therefore I guess the local ...
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How does Ingenuity measure its altitude when flying?

The Ingenuity folks at NASA and lots of viewers on the internet I'm sure were pleased to see the first data from "the first flight of powered aircraft on another planet" (by humans at least);...
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How did Ingenuity get such a sharp image of the shadow of its own high-speed helicopter blades?

On the NASA released self-picture of Ingenuity, shot while hovering over Mars' surface the shadow of Ingenuity with its blades is very clean. The rotational speed of the blades is said to be around ...
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Might Ingenuity tip over?

While Ingenuity patiently waits for its preflight checks to pass, how likely is it that a wind gust could tip it over? How strong and how rare a gust? Those rotors have plenty of area. (Surely NASA ...
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What kind of insulation is used in the Ingenuity helicopter?

A press release from NASA today states “This is the first time that Ingenuity has been on its own on the surface of Mars,” said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion ...
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Does the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars have a radio call sign?

This Deep Space Network page lists some of the call signs of various robotic spacecraft. For example, Curiosity is MSL, and Perseverance is ...
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How did the Ingenuity helicopter clear tests even without being deployed on Mars?

It looks like the Ingenuity helicopter is not yet deployed. NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter clears tests, inches closer to historic first flight in April Source So how did the Ingenuity helicopter ...
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Why didn't Ingenuity (helicopter) deploy immediately right after rover landing?

Part of NASA's Mars 2020 mission, Ingenuity is planned for deployment in April 2021, about 60 days after landing with the rover Perseverance in the crater Jezero at Octavia E. Butler Landing on 18 ...
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Would Ingenuity's cameras be capable to spot and/or make close-ups of possible biosignatures?

Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstrator mentions on page 13/14 the sensors that Ingenuity carries, among them two cameras: Navigation (NAV) Camera. This is a global-shutter, nadir pointed grayscale ...
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Are there fluid disconnects that sever just before the Curiosity or Perseverance rovers separate from their cruise stages or landers?

In this comment under an answer to Heating Perseverance components prior to deployment I wrote: I think (but can not find a source yet) that there is even a loop of "hot water plumbing" ...
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Can anything at Mars speak 900 MHz ZigBee besides Ingenuity helicopter and Perseverance rover?

Interest is piqued by What could be strong arguments against Ingenuity following Perseverance at a safe distance when the flight test program has been a success? Question: Can anything at Mars ...
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What could be strong arguments against Ingenuity following Perseverance at a safe distance when the flight test program has been a success?

This answer to the question "How long could the Mars helicopter Ingenuity keep up with the Perseverance rover if it wanted to?" reasons that indeed it could for years ! But according to the ...
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Ingenuity Three Axis Velocity Derivation from Camera, Gyro and Altimeter

It seems that Ingenuity has a 4000 pixel camera, a gyro, inclinometer and an altimeter. Using these information, they are able to derive three axis velocity information. Thereby compensating for the ...
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Ingenuity Test Stand and Stroboscopic lightning

The paper on Ingenuity talks about the test setup of ingenuity Associated metrology in the form of a force/torque sensor, a Vicon motion tracking system, stroboscopic lighting, a thermal camera, and ...
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Are there any illustrations / animations which show how Ingenuity is stored on Perseverance & how to it is perpared for launch?

While I found some articles which provide some information on how the Ingenuity helicopter is stored on Perseverance (e.g here), I did not found any illustrations or animations which show more details....
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Why make Ingenuity survive some “brutally cold Martian nights” before its first attempt at flight?

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover tweeted: Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter I carry, is working as expected. I’m currently charging it, but once I set it down, it’ll rely solely on its solar panels. If it ...
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Why Ingenuity drone has 2 coaxial rotors, not quad-rotor

When I first heard about Ingenuity I thought it will be quad-rotor because it's what seems to be easiest to operate (I say that because it's the most typical on-Earth amateur drone configuration). ...
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Can the NASA Ingenuity Copter record video with its camera?

I'm wondering whether the Ingenuity Helicopter on Mars as part of the Perseverance rover can record moving video in addition to still images, and if the video can then be sent back to Earth.
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Could Ingenuity stay warmer at night by landing on (or near) Perseverance's RTG?

One concern in How long could the Mars helicopter Ingenuity keep up with the Perseverance rover if it wanted to? is that the helicopter must cycle its battery every night to stay warm, and that could ...
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How long could the Mars helicopter Ingenuity keep up with the Perseverance rover if it wanted to?

Wikipedia's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity says: It could potentially cover a distance of up to 300 metres (980 ft) per flight. Perseverance is somewhat similar to Curiosity which drove about 22970 ...
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Why do Ingenuity's legs differ?

In the pictures below, I notice that not all of the legs of Ingenuity are the same (look at the end of them, directly touching the surface). It looks like a single one is different than the other 3. ...