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Originally posted by Glassbender777
There would be No need for a flying drone on Mars, thats when a satellite is used, Drones are being used on Mars though, they just have wheels on them and experiment on rocks and other mineral gathering
Originally posted by rickymouse
Well, I'd rather have drones flying around Mars than having them flying overhead spying on us.
Originally posted by Foxe
There are already plans to put flying drones on Mars. They have to be purpose built however for the conditions of transport, arrival, and then the environment itself.
Originally posted by ntech
I wonder if they have thought about using a balloon? Instead of a plane send a blimp. It could fly as long as it had Helium. Or risk it and try Hydrogen. It shouldn't pull a Hindenburg since there is no Oxygen to combust with. And equipped with the latest computer and camera technology I could see it floating along for quite a while as a low altitude satellite at 10 to 20 thousand feet.
And if it found something "interesting" it could carry a small rover and drop it on the target.edit on 25-8-2012 by ntech because: (no reason given)
That will fly on Mars.
Originally posted by interupt42
Thanks, you are correct. I wasn't aware of any plans, but a quick google search and I found this.
The plane going 500mph powered by a rocket motor is certainly possible in Mars atmosphere.
Originally posted by Pervius
There is a sufficient atmosphere on Mars for an electric drone to fly from our rover there.
You can look at the NASA images of little tornadoes going across the Martian atmosphere. Aerial flight is possible, especially with our new Lipo battery technology and brushless electric motors now powering very powerful rc aircraft/helicopters.....cheaply.
Nasa would have blundered if they didn't include a drone on the latest rover.