Mars Helicopter Lands Safely After Serious In-Flight Anomaly

Ingenuity’s sixth flight on Mars took place this week, and we’ve just heard details from JPL on an “in-flight anomaly.” The little robotic helicopter did manage to land safely, more or less where it was aiming for, but the software glitch that it encountered sounds terrifying, with “roll and pitch excursions of more than 20 degrees, large control inputs, and spikes in power consumption.” Fortunately, JPL knows exactly what went wrong.

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