Created at NASA’s JPL, the open-source flight software called F Prime powered humanity’s first interplanetary helicopter.
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover completed its first drive using its auto-navigation feature, which allows it to avoid rocks and other hazards without input from engineers back on Earth.
NASA is eager to share the technical details of its accomplishments, unlike the typical commercial robotics venture trying to outpace its competitors.
Perseverance Rover captured audio of the Ingenuity flying on Mars, adding another new dimension to the historic Mars 2020 Mission.
Ingenuity could soon embark on a new operation, exploring how aerial scouting could benefit future exploration of Mars and other worlds.
Ingenuity flew faster and farther than any tests that took place here on Earth.
Ingenuity climbed to 16 feet, made a slight tilt, moved sideways, and flew for 51.9 seconds.
A toaster-size, experimental instrument aboard Perseverance called MOXIE converted some of Mars’ carbon dioxide-rich atmosphere into oxygen.
Ingenuity Helicopter became the first aircraft to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet.
Update will modify the process by which two flight controllers boot up, allowing the hardware and software to safely transition to the flight state.
During a high-speed test of the rotors, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a “watchdog” timer expiration.
NASA is one step closer to achieving the first flight on another planet as the Ingenuity Helicopter touched down on Mars over the weekend.
NASA is targeting no earlier than April 8 for the launch of Ingenuity on Mars . But before that happens, it must hit a series of milestones.
Outer space is unforgiving. This is why precision drives embarking on a trip to other planets need to meet extremely high quality standards. Every Mars drive from maxon is based on a catalog product and is modified for the specific mission. That’s because the DC motors, gearheads, and encoders face brutal conditions during liftoff, the…
Years of collaboration between maxon and the space experts at JPL led to the development of the BLDC motors which handle the valuable soil samples on Mars during the Perseverance mission. Meet maxon’s specialists behind those actuators and find out what drives them. Was there once life on Mars? To answer this question, NASA has…
More than 100 electric motors from maxon have been used on the Red Planet and have withstood cosmic radiation, dust storms, and temperature fluctuations. With the Perseverance rover, precision drives are once again flying to Mars. The key to success is the same as before: standard industrial products. Mars missions without maxon drive systems? Unthinkable!…
NASA today released incredible footage of the Mars Perseverance Rover‘s final descent and landing on Mars. This is the first ever video of a NASA rover landing on Mars. You can watch the footage in the video above. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars. Five…
Balaram described what it took to develop the helicopter and what to expect on Mars.
NASA’s Perseverance Rover and Ingenuity Mars Helicopter landed on Mars today just before 4 PM ET.
Ingenuity’s four carbon-fiber blades spin in opposite directions at around 2,400 rpm – many times faster than a helicopter on Earth.
NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recharged its batteries for the first time in space by using the Perseverance Rover’s power supply.
The mission includes precision motors from maxon for a robotic arm for handling samples and a novel helicopter.