‘A flawless flight’ for AeroVironment’s Mars drone
Ingenuity, a helicopter drone developed by Simi Valley-based AeroVironment, made history early in the morning of April 19, becoming the first man-made aircraft to fly on another planet, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “Goosebumps,” MiMi Aung, NASA’s project manager for Ingenuity, said during a press conference while looking at a video of Read More →
AeroVironment’s Mars drone was more than a decade in the making
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Mars rover lands safely, with drone helicopter from Simi Valley on board
The Mars 2020 rover, carrying on board a first-of-its-kind drone developed by Simi Valley-based AeroVironment, touched down in the Jezero Crater on Feb. 18. The rover was confirmed to have landed safely at 12:56 p.m. Pacific Time, after what’s known as the “seven minutes of terror,” a delay in signal between the Red Planet and Read More →
Setting a course from Simi Valley to Mars
Before it could be loaded onto the rocket for its impending interplanetary launch, AeroVironment’s helicopter design had to thread a tight needle between weight and durability. The mission, which is set to launch between July 30 and Aug. 15 with the Perseverance rover, will be a first-of-its-kind test flight of an aircraft on Mars. The Read More →