Should NASA Send An ‘Albatross’ To Mars? How A New Bird-Like Sailplane Could Reveal The Red Planet’s Secrets
How A New Bird-Like Sailplane Could Reveal The Red Planet’s Secrets
Is It Time For NASA To Send An "Albatross" To Mars? The NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter drone has been a total success on Mars.
It was fastened to the Perseverance rover and launched to Mars in 2020; it has already completed 27 brief reconnaissance flights.
Ingenuity, especially on rugged terrain, can go places no rover can, but it has its limits
Due to its small size and little battery, it can only fly for three minutes at a time and has a maximum height of 39 feet (12 metres).
Engineers have therefore developed an albatross-style glider that is even better for upcoming missions to Mars and can travel far higher for longer.
With the exception of Ingenuity's test flights, there are no other eyes on the layer between Mars' orbiters and rovers on the surface.
It implies that planetary scientists are lacking information on both the temperature and geological characteristics of Mars, such as canyons and volcanoes.
The first several kilometres above the surface are where everything takes place.
According to Alexandre Kling, a research scientist at NASA's Mars Climate Modeling Center, "this is where all the exchanges between the surface and atmosphere happen
where the dust is picked up and sent into the atmosphere, where trace gases are mixed, and where the modulation of large-scale winds by mountain-valley flows happen
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