NASA Mini Plane Holds Promise for Mars, Military

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 7, 2006   View Article

NASA scientists have programmed a model airplane to seek out rising columns of hot air called thermals and use them to soar like a bird.

The airplane could help monitor forest fires, guard borders, and collect weather data, according to the team.

In the future such planes could use similar updrafts to extend flight time on Mars, giving scientists a bird’s-eye view of the planet.

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