Tiny NASA Helicopter Drone Could Explore Mars One Day

January 26, 2015 3:48 PM

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NASA's future Mars rovers may get a bird's-eye view of their Red Planet surroundings, thanks to tiny helicopter scouts.

Engineers at the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are developing a 2.2-lb. (1 kilogram) helicopter drone for Mars that measures 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) from blade tip to blade tip. This aerial system could be deployed by NASA's 2020 Mars rover, and would work in ...

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