Mars Rotorcraft: Possibilities, Limitations, and Implications for Human/Robotic Exploration
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION MOFFETT FIELD CA ROTORCRAFT DIVISION
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Several research investigations have examined the challenges and opportunities in the use of small robotic rotorcraft for the exploration of Mars. To date, only vehicles smaller than 150 kg have been studied. This paper proposes to examine the question of maximum Mars rotorcraft size, range and payloadcargo capacity. Implications for the issue of whether or not from an extreme design standpoint a manned Mars rotorcraft is viable are also discussed.
- Unmanned Spacecraft