However, during its sixth flight, the rotorcraft encountered an anomaly. The helicopter was assigned with the task of snapping some stereo images of a Martian region to the west when, almost a minute into the flight, it started to wobble mid-air due to an image processing issue.
The anomaly lasted until Ingenuity was able to power through the final part of its journey. Luckily, the rotorcraft landed safely and was healthy enough to perform its next flight, which took place on June 8th. Ingenuity flew 348 feet (106 meters) south from its previous location and stayed in the air for about a minute before landing in a new spot.
This was the helicopter's second landing at a new base it hadn't previously surveyed from the air. Instead, the team behind Ingenuity had to simply rely on data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera. That's how scientists figured out if the new site was quite flat and had few obstructions.
As of June 1st, NASA's Perseverance rover has already started a new science campaign on Mars, heading south in the Jazero Crater. The two robots are currently in close proximity, and you can track their progress through an interactive map provided by the agency. As it links to the rover to send data back to Earth, the little rotorcraft will stay close to Perseverance.
Another successful flight ????#MarsHelicopter completed its 7th flight and second within its operations demo phase. It flew for 62.8 seconds and traveled ~106 meters south to a new landing spot. Ingenuity also took this black-and-white navigation photo during flight. pic.twitter.com/amluVq9wbb— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) June 8, 2021