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Chinese scientists eye hypersonic drone flight on Mars

Chinese space scientists have come up with a proposal for hypersonic flight across the surface of Mars which, if successful, they say would solve another piece of the red planet colonisation puzzle.Nasa’s Ingenuity helicopter can fly a distance of more than 600 metres (1,970 feet) even though Mars, with an atmosphere 100 times thinner than that on Earth, is not suited to helicopter blades.However, a hypersonic aircraft is built to fly in thin air.A 500kg (1,100-pound) drone, with fuel making up…


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