Chinese scientists eye hypersonic drone flight on Mars

Published Sep 14 2021 at 3:00 PM GMT
  • Chinese space scientists have come up with a proposal for hypersonic flight across the surface of Mars which, if successful, they say would solve another piece of the red planet colonisation puzzle.
  • Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter can fly a distance of more than 600 metres (1,970 feet) even though Mars, with an atmosphere 100 times thinner than that on Earth, is not suited to helicopter blades.
  • However, a hypersonic aircraft is built to fly in thin air.
  • A 500kg (1,100-pound) drone, with fuel making up….



  • Published Sep 14, 2021 3:00 PM GMT