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New sailplanes to “fly for free” and collect data over Mars

Albatross-inspired dynamic soaring to propel NASA’s newest toys

Two men holding an experimental sailplane
Aerospace engineering doctoral student Adrien Bouskela (left) and aerospace and mechanical engineering professor Sergey Shkarayev hold an experimental sailplane. They hope to one day send a custom version of a similar plane to Mars. Credit: University of Arizona College of Engineering
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