According to foreign media on September 28,NASA delayed the launch of the dragonfly unmanned probe by about a year and is expected to be completed by 2027. The unmanned probe is planned to be launched into Saturn's moon Titan, Titan.
This project is called frontiers new field mission to explore biochemistry that may be related to the evolution of organic life. The delay is not the first time. The initial plan to launch the dragonfly probe in 2025 was delayed due to "external" factors. As the first UAV in human history to explore an extraterrestrial planet, Dragonfly will arrive at Titan after about eight years of flight.
One of the reasons Titan was chosen was because of its atmosphere, which scientists think is very similar to the early days of our planet, as well as some rivers of liquid methane ethane, the only river in the solar system other than Earth. The mission will cover about 175 kilometers (almost twice the coverage of all Mars rovers so far).
There is no denying that this is an ambitious project. and it will also be the first multi-rotor scientific aircraft NASA on another celestial body, the first to carry its full scientific payload between multiple regions. the uav will take 9 years to perform relatively regular tasks, collect samples, study the habitability of enceladus, and the development of its probiotics chemistry in key impact craters.
The results may take a longer period, and if the project goes well, the dragonfly may provide more support for the study of the viability of life beyond the mysterious moon and earth.