Here are some articles that will help you understand important points to consider in the design of an aircraft for Mars.
Why Does Air Matter?: What are the four forces of flight? Why is air so important when flying an airplane?
Airplane Shape and Flight: What are the main parts of an airplane? What are some things to consider when designing and building an airplane?
Angle of Attack and Lift: How does the angle of an airplane's wings affect the way it flies?
Controlling Flight: How do the different surfaces on an airplane allow it to steer?
Solving Flight Problems on Mars: What are some of the challenges and possible solutions to flying an airplane on Mars?
Importance of Balance: What is "center
of gravity," and how does it influence aircraft and spacecraft
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