Icaro Mars

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Mars 170
Role Hang glider
National origin Italy
Manufacturer Icaro 2000
Status Production completed
Unit cost
£1437 (2003 price)
An Icaro Mars 170 being used for aero-tow instruction. The student will launch from the prone position with the glider supported by a jettisonable wheeled dolly.

The Icaro Mars is an Italian high-wing, single-place, hang glider that was designed and produced by Icaro 2000.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Mars was built in two sizes for differing pilot weight, with the model numbers reflecting the approximate wing area in square feet. Both sizes are DHV certified as Class 1-2 and also SHV certified. The aircraft is made from aluminum tubing, with the single-surface wing covered in Dacron sailcloth.[1]


Mars 150
Small sized model for lighter pilots. Its 8.84 m (29.0 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 120° and the wing area is 14.6 m2 (157 sq ft). Pilot hook-in weight range is 50 to 80 kg (110 to 176 lb).[1]
Mars 170
Large sized model for heavier pilots. Its 9.57 m (31.4 ft) span wing is cable braced from a single kingpost. The nose angle is 125° and the wing area is 15.75 m2 (169.5 sq ft). Pilot hook-in weight range is 60 to 110 kg (132 to 243 lb).[1]

Specifications (Mar 150)[edit]

Data from Bertrand[1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 8.84 m (29 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 14.6 m2 (157 sq ft)


  1. ^ a b c d e Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 45. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster OK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X