Would sending a drone along with a new Mars 2020 rover be feasible, wonders the space agency, NASA. The drone will fly around the Mars to capture quality pictures and explore the planet more efficiently than what the ground-based rover do.
The plan will be soon executed. It has already designed and constructed the drone and is in the testing stage, said one of NASA’s representative. It plans to execute and launch this plan in 2020. The drone is designed to figure out stimulating conditions of the red planet like why the atmospheric pressure and gravity are less than the Earth, reveals engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Jim Watzin, director of robotic Mars exploration at NASA says, “Some parts of the drone was eliminated to get a proper relationship between acceleration and mass on Mars. The newly proposed drone can perform various actions such as control over translations, slewing, takeoffs, hovers, and landings in the chamber. We have tested this multiple times.”
NASA’s decision to launch this drone alongside rover is still pending. If the space agency approves and goes with the plan, then the drone will carry two cameras. The first one will capture the pictures and the other one will be used for navigating through space. However, the rover and drone will travel a distance away so that possibility of collision will be reduced.
If this attempt of NASA to send drone works properly, it will pave a way to send more drones for further exploration of space. Talking about Mars 2020 rover, researchers have already started assembling, testing and launching the satellite. Once, it hits off space in 2020, it will surely start accomplishing its task by 2021.
One of the major task assigned to rover is to test whether it can convert carbon dioxide to oxygen in Marr so that red planet’s resources such as air, water, and fuel can be used for survival rather than carrying the entire stuff from our planet.