Template:Infobox spaceflight The Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey (ARES) was a proposal by NASA's Langley Research Center to build a powered aircraft that would fly on Mars.[1][2][3] The ARES team sought to be selected and funded as a NASA Mars Scout Mission for a 2011[4] or 2013 launch window. However, the MAVEN mission was chosen instead.[5]

ARES would have traveled to Mars compactly folded into a protective aeroshell; upon entry in the thin atmosphere, the capsule would have deployed a parachute to decelerate, followed by ARES release at altitude.

Among other things, the aircraft would have investigated the atmosphere and weak magnetic field.[6]

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Propulsion remained undetermined. The two main criteria used to evaluate the propulsion system were flight range and implementation risk. Possible propulsion technologies were electrical motors, internal combustion and rocket systems.[4] The aircraft was intended to fly for about one hour.

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  1. P.I: Joel S. Levine (November 20, 2009). "Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey". Archived from the original on 28 March 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100328015409/http://marsairplane.larc.nasa.gov/index.html. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
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  4. 4.0 4.1 Christopher A. Kuhl (March 2009). "Mars Mission Concept". pp. 10. 
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  6. "ARES - Ensuring Reliability". NASA - Langley Research Center. January 14, 2010. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. http://web.archive.org/web/20100329224836/http://marsairplane.larc.nasa.gov/reliability.html. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 

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