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Due to the thin atmosphere generating lift on Mars is difficult at a lower speed, Flying is hard until aircraft go supersonic and then it becomes difficult to control(Ref.). The landing would not be survivable. How effective would it be to use propulsive takeoff and landing with verticle thrust assisted lift similar to the lander(cargo craft from Interstellar movie)?

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What are other possibilities for transportation on Mars?

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    $\begingroup$ Let's take the train. $\endgroup$ – gerrit Jul 20 '18 at 8:51
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    $\begingroup$ Rocket based craft, similar to the Lunar Excursion is on Module, used during the Apollo Moon landing is one possibility. Also NASA is planning to send a helicopter based craft to Mars. One issue with a helicopter on Mars is due to the thin atmosphere, the rotor blades will have to rotate much faster than they would on Earth. This also means issues of wear & tear, particularly of bearings. $\endgroup$ – Fred Jul 20 '18 at 9:04

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