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AVIATR aircraft over Titan's bright terrain.jpg
Artist's rendering of the AVIATR airplane flying over the surface of Titan.
Mission type Titan airplane
Operator originally directed towards NASA Discovery program
Mission duration 1 year flying over Titan surface [1]
Spacecraft properties
Power 254 W Total (2 x 128 W ASRGs)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 2017 (proposed)[1]
Rocket Atlas V 521 [1]

AVIATR (Aerial Vehicle for In situ and Airborne Titan Reconnaissance) is a proposed airplane mission concept to Titan, a moon of Saturn. The concept was developed by a team of scientists led by University of Idaho's Dr. Jason W. Barnes.[1][2] Compared to Earth, Titan has about one-seventh the gravity but four times the density.[3] These conditions make it easier to fly there.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Barnes, et al. (March 2012). "AVIATR – Aerial Vehicle for In-situ and Airborn Titan Reconnaissance.". Experimental Astronomy 33, March 2012, 55-127. doi: 10.1007/s10686-011-9275-9.(open access). Retrieved 10 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Ortiz, Lillian (2 January 2012). "AVIATR: An Airplane Mission for Titan". Universe Today. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b [1]

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