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Helios Aircraft

The Helios aircraft in flight

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Informal Education, Students
Grade Levels: K-8
Year: 2001
Subjects: Technology

In this video segment, the Tree House Detectives, a group of aspiring young inventors, videoconference with a NASA flight researcher who was involved in testing the Helios aircraft. In response to the detectives' questions, the researcher describes Helios as they view footage of it. He describes why it is important to test the design. He also points out two special properties of this solar-powered, unmanned aircraft and explains the two main reasons why NASA wanted to construct such a device.
(Note: The Helios Prototype Solar-Powered Aircraft is no longer an active program.)

Helios Aircraft
Duration: 3 minutes, 24 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
The Design Process
Importance of Documenting Inventions

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