ORLANDO, Fla. – After the flight of NASA’s tiny helicopter was delayed last week, the agency set the date for the first Mars helicopter flight.
The space agency announced Sunday afternoon that the four-pound Ingenuity helicopter will take flight at 3:31 a.m. Monday.
The original flight was set for April 11, but it was pushed back a couple times as teams worked to troubleshoot issues ahead of its first flight on another world.
Now, the tiny helicopter is cleared for takeoff.
#MarsHelicopter, you are cleared for takeoff. Flight commands are being sent.— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 18, 2021
Watch live on Monday, April 19 at 3:15am PT (6:15am ET/1015 GMT) as the team finds out if they've made history by achieving the first powered flight on another planet. https://t.co/SCVeYsIfBh
This flight is serving as a test mission for the agency and will provide an important technology demonstration proving if a future, more expansive mission using similar hardware would work.
The small helicopter successfully unfurled from the belly of NASA’s Mars rover, Perseverance, back in February and was able to survive, creating its own power from the sun.