Future Mars rovers to be accompanied by small helicopters

January 26, 2015 12:47 PM

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Future Mars rovers to be accompanied by small helicopters

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has unveiled a concept helicopter that would accompany future Mars rovers and help mission teams on Earth in planning the best driving route for the rover.

The concept unmanned helicopter, called the Mars Helicopter, would fly ahead of future Mars rovers almost every day, checking out possible points of interest, assisting rovers' research missions.

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