Researchers Develop Sailplane Designed to Fly above Mars

The nonmotorized aircraft is built to use natural wind patterns around Mars to operate for days at a time.

The plane is equipped with flight, temperature and gas sensors, as well as cameras.

 It is designed to collect data on the Red Planet’s atmosphere and physical structures.

the sailplane can be a valuable resource in helping NASA study an important area above the surface of Mars.

The researchers describe their progress on the sailplane in a study that recently appeared in the publication Aerospace.

The team notes that there are currently eight active spacecraft orbiting Mars and three rover vehicles also exploring the surface

“These other technologies have all been very limited by energy," says the study’s lead author,

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