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NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby sidd finch » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:16 am

This looks to be a pretty cool feat of innovation.

A few months after the Mars 2020 rover has landed, the helicopter will detach and do a few test flights of up to 90 seconds. Those will be the first heavier-than-air flights on another planet — powered flight, in other words, rather than, say, a balloon filled with gaseous hydrogen.

The craft will operate mostly autonomously, since the half-hour round trip for commands would be far too long for an Earth-based pilot to operate it. It has its own solar cells and batteries, plus little landing feet, and will attempt flights of increasing distance from the rover over a 30-day period. It should go about three meters in the air and may eventually get hundreds of meters away from its partner.

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full article here: https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/28/mars- ... yptr=yahoo

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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby Dave McElderry » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:10 am

That's really cool. It's amazing they can get it to fly at all with so little atmosphere. Of course the gravity's a lot lower too.
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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby TreeTopsRanch » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:15 am

What if it tips over when landing on a slope?
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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby sidd finch » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:19 am

What if it tips over when landing on a slope?


In the words of queen... dum dum dum.... another one bites the dust....

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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby John 'twosheds' McDonald » Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:25 am

You sure that it is not a flying beer chiller? :roll:
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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby Dave McElderry » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:46 am

Wow, the Martians are going to get cold beer delivery before I do?
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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby sidd finch » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:49 am

Can hot pizza be far behind... ??

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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby Dave McElderry » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:23 am

Another perfectly good topic nosedives into the ground. :hyst:
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Re: NASA's new Mars Drone

Postby sidd finch » Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:24 am

You say beer and we all go crackers.... :fg:

But on a serious note I look forward to seeing the video once it gets there and starts recording from the air. Because Mars has a lot of dust storms, I wonder how they will adjust for that dust so the drone does not get ruined.

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