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About Dragonfly Mission


Recently, NASA confirmed a Dragonfly rotorcraft mission to Saturn’s organic compound-rich moon Titan with a budget of $3.35 billion and a launch date set for July 2028.


Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Dragonfly Mission
  2. Key Facts about Titan

About Dragonfly Mission


  • Dragonfly is a “dual quadcopter” designed for exploration across the surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon.
  • It is equipped to investigate various locations on Titan, conducting extensive science measurements primarily from the moon’s surface.

Power System:

  • The mission will utilize a radioisotope power system, similar to the one used by the Curiosity rover on Mars.

Operational Schedule:

  • Most of Dragonfly’s flights, data transmissions, and scientific operations are planned to occur during Titan’s day.
  • The craft will have ample time to recharge during Titan’s night.


  • Scheduled to arrive at Titan in 2034, Dragonfly aims to explore dozens of promising locations on the moon.
  • The mission seeks to identify prebiotic chemical processes that are common on both Titan and early Earth, before the development of life.

Historical Note:

  • Dragonfly represents a groundbreaking achievement as it marks the first instance of NASA flying a vehicle for scientific exploration on another planetary body.
  • With its eight rotors, the rotorcraft operates similarly to a large drone.

Key Facts about Titan

  • Location and Size:
    • Titan is the largest moon of Saturn.
  • Atmosphere:
    • It is the only moon known to have a thick atmosphere.
  • Surface Features:
    • Titan boasts an Earth-like cycle of liquids flowing across its surface, adding to its scientific intrigue.

-Source: The Hindu

May 2024