Anyone following the NASA’s Mars Missions will be interested to learn that the space agency shared a new video of the Third Ingenuity Mars helicopter test flight. The third trial flight happened on April 25 and the Rover of Perseverance captured video images of the flight. NASA says its engineers have now made the flight in 3D, giving it a “dramatic depth”.
The video shows the helicopter rises, fly over and move laterally offset before returning for a precision landing. NASA says that watching the 3D video sequences is a bit like standing on the surface of March next to the rover and watch the first hand flight. The mastcam-z imager with double camera fired on the video.
The main objective of this imager is to provide critical data to help engineers navigate the Martian surface and help scientists choose rocks that they want to study closely. A NASA team at the JET propulsion laboratory sewed the images in a video with the re-evaluated frames to optimize visualization in an anaglyph. An anaglyph is a 3D view image when viewed with color filtered glasses.
For those who may not have color filtered glasses, NASA says you can create yours in minutes and offers steps to do it here. The helicopter video is the most extensive 3D video but captured by MastCam-Z. The flight that happened on April 25 saw the helicopter of ingenuity accomplishes several first first.
The ingenuity climbed at an altitude of 16 feet and then stolen down 164 feet. It represented a record until the ingenuity traveled 873 feet on its fourth flight carried out on April 30. Ingenuity had a fifth flight on May 7, supplementing its first one-way trip traveling over a distance of 423 feet. Ingenuity also led a sixth flight where he encountered problems but could land safely.