Exoplanetary Drone

HYPerlink Cost
Starting with you, each player may hyperlink a module as if it had hyperlink cost 0.
BasE Power
guardian CaRD

The very first controlled powered flight on an extraterrestrial planet was due to humanity's Ingenuity.

Illustr. Alex Rommel © 2022 Universität Innsbruck


  • When this ability resolves, complete the hyperlink of your module (transfer its power to the Guardian; check the activation threshold; resolve any link ability on the module) before your opponent does the same.
  • Your opponent does not reveal whether or not they are going to hyperlink a module this way before you complete your hyperlink.
  • Players can choose and hyperlink modules that do not have a hyperlink cost.

Discover more

In 2021, the NASA drone 'Ingenuity' lifted off the surface of Mars, programmed to autonomously fly at the press of a button on Earth. This first powered flight on an extraterrestrial planet was the result of an ambitious endeavor, especially since conditions on Mars are significantly different from those on Earth. There, the drone faces a low-density atmosphere, which requires a lightweight design and two fast-spinning rotor blades. At night, the temperature on Mars can be as low as -100 °C, so the drone’s battery and electronics need to be protected.

This masterpiece of technology paves the way for the exploration of planets outside of our solar system.

Illustr. Alex Rommel © 2022 Universität Innsbruck

Search the archives

Inside the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first powered flight on another planet.