The helicopter deployed from the belly of the Perseverance rover in April, kicking off a five-flight, month-long campaign designed to demonstrate that powered aerial flight is possible above Mars. The sixth flight encountered problems.
NASA scientists are having a Wright brothers moment as Ingenuity will be the first helicopter to fly on a different planet. If successful, the independent helicopter will set a new milestone for the future of robotic space explorations.
NASA will push through launching Mars 2020 before mid-august while Earth and the Red planet are still aligned. The rover Perseverance has been designed with a special plaque as a tribute to coronavirus front liners.