Helios, NASA's Unmanned, Remotely Powered Flying Wing
The Helios aircraft in flight

The information in this video was accurate as of the original publication date.

Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: 9-Higher Education


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
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This video clip is part of the Destination Tomorrow™ Program 9: Bringing the Future Into Focus DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.


Other video learning clips in this series:
The Smart Probe, an Early Cancer Detection Tool
A Retrospective Look at the Gemini Program
Alleviating Aircraft Noise: The Quiet Aircraft Technology (QAT) Program
Spacesuits and How They Work