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Flight Dynamics of Mars Helicopter

Show simple item record Grip, Havard Fjaer Johnson, Wayne Malpica, Carlos Scharf, Daniel P. Mandic, Milan Young, Larry Allan, Brian Mettler, Berenice San Martin, Miguel 2020-03-12T20:50:10Z 2020-03-12T20:50:10Z 2017-09-12
dc.identifier.citation 43rd European Rotorcraft Forum, Milan, Italy, September 12-15, 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#17-3117
dc.description.abstract Starting with the first attempted flybys of Mars in the 1960s, human exploration of the Red Planet has evolved through ever-more sophisticated means, with the use of orbiters, stationary landers, and more recently rovers that have traveled over distances of tens of kilometers in search of new knowledge. Yet, despite discussion since the early days of space exploration, no mission has so far attempted to unlock the aerial dimension of Mars exploration through the use of atmospheric flyers. This could be about to change, as NASA is currently considering sending a small helicopter to the Martian surface as part of a future mission, as a technology demonstration to verify the feasibility and utility of using helicopters for future Mars exploration. The use of helicopters promises to bridge a resolution gap in current Mars exploration capabilities—betweeen orbiters providing large-area imagery at low resolution, and rovers that provide detailed imagery limited by line-of-sight from the current rover location. Paired with a rover, a helicopter can act as a forward reconnaisance platform, helping to identify promising science targets or mapping the terrain ahead of the rover. Looking further ahead, helicopters may one day carry their own science payloads to areas that are inaccessible to rovers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2017 en_US
dc.title Flight Dynamics of Mars Helicopter en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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