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Helios, NASA's Unmanned, Remotely Powered Flying Wing

The Helios aircraft in flight

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators and Students
Grade Levels: 9-Higher Education
Subjects: Physical Science

This video segment explains how NASA's Helios aircraft operates and why it is a better alternative to satellite technology. Viewers learn that, unlike satellites, the Helios can update its technology, does not need to be launched, and costs less to build. The video also discusses how the aircraft may one day be used to monitor the atmosphere of Mars. The clip includes an interview with NASA's Solar Aircraft Project Manager and footage of Helios in flight.

Note: The Helios Prototype Solar-Powered Aircraft is no longer an active program.

Helios, NASA's Unmanned, Remotely Powered Flying Wing
Duration: 6 minutes 32 seconds
> View QuickTime [21MB]

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A Retrospective Look at the Gemini Program
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Spacesuits and How They Work

Page Last Updated: December 12th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild