Ingenuity Helicopter Controlled by Qualcomm Chip Makes Historic 39-Second Flight on Mars

By Chris Jennewein
Apr 23, 2021 8:00 AM ET

The four-pound Ingenuity helicopter controlled by a Qualcomm smartphone chip made the first flight on another planet Monday, climbing to 10 feet above Mars and hovering for 30 seconds before landing.

The solar-powered helicopter took off at 12:34 a.m. Pacific time and logged a total of 39.1 seconds of flight in the thin, cold Martian atmosphere. The successful flight was confirmed when data and images were received approximately three hours later.

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