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These Quadcopter Dropships Could Land Rovers on Mars (Video)


An autonomous quadcopter could be landing space rovers on the Martian surface in future explorations of the Red Planet.

The European Space Agency's (ESA) "dropship" quadcopter steers itself, and can identify suitable areas to safely lower and land a rover onto the rocky surface of Mars. The so-called "Dropter" project is the latest development from ESA's StarTiger initiative, a program designed to bring together researchers from different fields to focus on one space exploration project at a time. ESA officials unveiled a video of the Dropter concept for Mars rovers this month.

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