Engineering Studies into Vertical Lift Planetary Aerial Vehicles
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA ROTORCRAFT DIVISION
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NASA Ames Research Center has been investigating various rotary-wing aeromechanics and proof-of-concept issues underlying the development of vertical lift aerial vehicles for planetary science missions. These engineering studies include hover performance measurements of an isolated rotor in simulated Mars surface atmospheric conditions radio-controlled coaxial helicopter flight tests supporting the investigation of Mars rotorcraft technologies small-scale unducted- and ducted-fan hover tests that provide insight into possible VTOL aircraft for exploration of Titan hybrid airship proof-of-concept testing that illustrates flight control and forward flight performance issues inherent in airships designed for flight in the atmosphere of Venus.
- Unmanned Spacecraft