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A Drone for Mars

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Friday, November 27, 2015/Categories: video, space science, environment, adventure

Could a helicopter outfitted with the latest in digital photography and video cameras fly above the surface of Mars? The scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech think so and they are developing a design for a remote-controlled drone to fly there.

JPL has two remote-controlled rover vehicles on the Martian surface but they are limited in the distance they can be driven and locations where they can safely navigate. A solar-powered drone flying above the Mars landscape could move freely, access more terrain, and se locations, such as seeping cliff faces, where a rover could never drive.

In what the Lab is calling Crazy Engineering, one of the engineers explains the issues involved in developing and deploying a helicopter drone to Mars.

The JPL drone doesn't sound crazy at all. It's more likely another great effort at combine talents for remote landscape research once again. Imagine the photos and videos that will be beaming back from the little copter someday!


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