Highlights • A concept of Mars planet propulsion vehicles is analyzed. • Aluminum or magnesium combustion in CO2 is considered as the main energy production cycle. • The flight possibilities in rarefied Martian atmosphere are analyzed. • The problem of lift force determination in compressible gas in the proximity of rigid surface was solved theoretically. • Lift force increases on approaching rigid surface, which is sufficient for guaranteeing reliable flights in Martian atmosphere.