Although the rotorcraft-lander Dragonfly was launched in 2026, vehicles will not be on Saturn Moon until 2034. After arriving there, NASA intends to send landers to many different locations on Titan, which are identified as promising places to study prebiotic chemical processes.
This mission to Titan will be the first time NASA has flown a multi-rotor lander to another planet for the sake of science. Because Titan’s atmosphere is four times denser than Earth’s, this will be the first time NASA vehicles have also flown full science loads to various objects of the sky.
Why choose Titan the Saturn Moon?
The choice of Titan as the aim of the next mission was not without reason. According to NASA, Titan is an early earth analog. That is, the moon might offer clues about how life formed on planet Earth.
To begin, Dragonfly will conduct a baseline mission that lasts 2.7 years and involves exploring various environments. During its mission, Dragonfly will look for signs of life and study the atmosphere of the moon, as well as liquid objects.