NASA may one day use unmanned flying vehicles to augment ground traversing rovers in the exploration of extraterrestrial bodies. In order to function properly, these aircraft will need to have some atmosphere, such as on Mars.
Drones and the arts
Visitors to the exhibit may be surprised to learn that artists are increasingly finding uses for drones, such as the flying quadrocopter lampshades designed by Cirque du Soleil for their stage performance
In the digital interactive "Take Control of a Drone," users guide a drone through airspace over New York City, collecting tokens and avoiding "no-fly zones."
Drones may one day be robust enough to easily transport people. Engineers are currently developing designs for autonomous flying cars that could safely carry commuters. [Read more about the drone exhibit at the Intrepid museum]