Drones on Mars? Small 'Helicopter-Like' Scout Could Be Added to Mars 2020 Rover Mission

Artist’s conception of the helicopter-like drone which could accompany the Mars 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA

Over the past few years, numerous orbiters, landers, and rovers have been sent to Mars, revealing the world as never before. There is, however, something else which hasn’t been done yet: a helicopter, airplane, or balloon. An […]

Discovery of Salty Aquifer Beneath Antarctica May Have Implications for Life on Mars

The SkyTEM sensor suspended beneath a helicopter over Blood Falls and the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica. Photo Credit: L. Jansan

Scientists have discovered a vast network of salty aquifers beneath the surface of Antarctica, thanks to an airborne imaging system used there for the first time. The finding may have interesting implications for […]

Kaman K-MAX Helicopter: The Next Unmanned Platform to Assist Troops in Afghanistan?

Photo Credit: Lockheed Martin

Kaman Aerospace developed the single-engine, single-seat K-MAX helicopter, certified in 1994, to perform heavy lifting maneuvers. According to their website, this helicopter is capable of performing repetitive, external heavy-lift maneuvers where it has the ability to lift more than its own empty weight, a maximum load of 6,000 lbs. While performing heavy-lift maneuvers, the K-MAX […]