NASA needs helicopter drones to paved the way for Mars rovers
Rovers have a troublesome time getting throughout Mars’ huge, unforgiving panorama. They can not see very far forward, and the crew again house can solely supply a lot assist by taking a look at orbital imagery. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory might have a intelligent answer to that drawback, although: an aerial robotic scout. Its proposed Mars Helicopter drone would fly forward of rovers and provides operators a a lot better view of the Martian terrain, serving to them plot the quickest path to fascinating locales. It might even discover a protected spot to deposit samples that future rovers would decide up.
The robotic chopper presently exists as only a tech demo, and it will take some testing to show that this small automaton (it is three.6 ft from blade to blade) is prepared for the Purple Planet. If it makes the reduce, although, it might let Mars rovers cowl rather more floor than they’ve to date — JPL estimates that these machines might journey 3 times additional in a given day. The challenge might simply be worthwhile if it means each finishing missions quicker and discovering issues about Mars that might in any other case go unnoticed.