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Ingenuity UPSC NOTE


  • Launched in February 2021 aboard the Perseverance rover.

  • Ingenuity embarked on a historic mission to become the first aircraft to conduct powered, controlled flight on another planet. 

  • Its success in April 2021 marked a significant milestone in Martian exploration, demonstrating the feasibility of aerial vehicles on the Red Planet.

Technical Specifications:

  • Weight: 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds)

  • Rotor diameter: 1.2 meters (3.9 feet)

  • Height: 0.49 meters (1.6 feet)

  • Power source: Solar panels

  • Flight duration: Up to 39 minutes (achieved record

  • Maximum altitude: 40 feet (12 meters

  • Maximum distance traveled: 3,678 feet (1,121 meters)

Design and Functionality:

  • Lightweight body: Constructed from carbon fiber composite for strength and minimal weight.

  • Twin blades: Designed for efficient operation in the thin Martian atmosphere, rotating at speeds of 2,400-2,900 RPM (10 times faster than helicopters on Earth).

  • Solar-powered: Relies on solar panels on its body to charge its lithium-ion batteries, powering its flight and onboard instruments.

  • Autonomy: Capable of independent flight based on pre-programmed waypoints and onboard navigation systems.



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