The MAC-1 is an adaptation of the Dragon Eye small UAV Technology to be used as a tool for astronauts exploring the surface of Mars. After assembling the aircraft by unfolding the single piece airframe without the need for tools, the storage container becomes the PC based Control Station. Interchangeable payloads would include video and infrared imagers, atmospheric sensors, magnetometers, communication relays, and navigational beacons. The primary missions would be over the hill reconnaissance and geological and atmospheric science. Following the last flight, MAC-1 becomes a solar powered ground sensor and navigational aid.

Sponsors: NASA, NRL
Program type: Other
Years: 2000-2002