NASA testing prototype of autonomous helicopter drone to explore Mars

January 24, 2015 3:15 PM

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory team at NASA is testing its own version of drone, a Martian helicopter attached to the Mars Rover. Though the NASA has chunk loads of information about The Red Planet, studying and understanding the surface of Mars has not been easy for the rover teams, mainly because of the problems posed by its extremely rugged surface and difficult terrain.

According to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory team, it would be a lot easier to study the surface of the red planet if only they can use drones, which are capable of traveling three times faster than a rover without having to worry about falling off or bumping while traversing an uneven terrain.

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