June 30, 2019

US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it will send a multi-rotor vehicle called 'Dragonfly' to Saturn moon Titan (Saturn's largest moon).


  • Objective: Dragonfly will fly to dozens of promising locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth.

  • Features: Dragonfly has eight rotors and flies like a large drone.

  • Significance: This will be the first time Nasa will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet.

  • Duration: The mission will be launched in 2026 and arrive in 2034.

  • Background: Dragonfly took advantage of 13 years' worth of Cassini (a joint mission between Nasa, ESA and Italy that studied Saturn) data to choose a calm weather period to land, along with a safe initial landing site and scientifically interesting targets.