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Old January 14th 21, 03:19 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Moshe Braner
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If there are dust devils there is lift!
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Old January 14th 21, 04:11 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:16:55 PM UTC-5, Moshe Braner wrote:
If there are dust devils there is lift!
https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/a-na...rs-3000th-day/


Agreed but the 'air' pressure on Mars is around 6mb vs. 1013.25mb (0.1771 inHg vs. 29.92 inHg), so the wing design and speeds at which said wing will have to move to produce lift will be dramatically different compared to what we are used to.

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Old January 14th 21, 04:37 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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20-some years ago, AeroVironment proposed a glider for Mars photography. They got as far as testing a model, as shown in this short video:
http://www.airspacemag.com/videos/ca...rs-airplane_1/
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Old January 14th 21, 11:56 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Retrieves would be challenging....

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On Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:37:26 PM UTC-6, John Good wrote:
20-some years ago, AeroVironment proposed a glider for Mars photography. They got as far as testing a model, as shown in this short video:
http://www.airspacemag.com/videos/ca...rs-airplane_1/

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Old January 14th 21, 04:00 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Martin Gregorie[_6_]
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On Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:37:23 -0800, John Good wrote:

20-some years ago, AeroVironment proposed a glider for Mars photography.
They got as far as testing a model, as shown in this short video:
http://www.airspacemag.com/videos/ca...esting-a-mars-

airplane_1/

Around the same time Aurora tested a marsplane: this one was a bit bigger
and was designed to fold up to fit one of the standard aeroshells. It was
tested at around 100,000 ft, where air pressure is similar to Martian
ground level, by drolling it from a high altutude balool launched from
Hawaii. I remember talking about it with Bob Parks, who was the Aurora
project member when ARES was being set up and flew it for the high
altitude tests. He joked that if he'd been on the ball he could have
claimed a near-unbeatable FAI speed record when he was flying back to the
islands after a test - he reckoned it had hit around 500 mph early in the
return leg when still very high up.

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley..._ARES.htmls://
media.xconomy.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/2007/10/062

https://www.spacedaily.com/news/
marsplane-02b.html15133/1491665020_1004ad04ee.jpg



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Old January 15th 21, 01:13 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Jonathan St. Cloud
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As any true aviator (helicopter pilot) knows the first flight on another world will be by the premier of all aircraft, the helicopter.
Mankind's magic carpet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/s...pter-nasa.html

On Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00:42 AM UTC-8, Martin Gregorie wrote:
On Wed, 13 Jan 2021 19:37:23 -0800, John Good wrote:

20-some years ago, AeroVironment proposed a glider for Mars photography.
They got as far as testing a model, as shown in this short video:
http://www.airspacemag.com/videos/ca...esting-a-mars-

airplane_1/
Around the same time Aurora tested a marsplane: this one was a bit bigger
and was designed to fold up to fit one of the standard aeroshells. It was
tested at around 100,000 ft, where air pressure is similar to Martian
ground level, by drolling it from a high altutude balool launched from
Hawaii. I remember talking about it with Bob Parks, who was the Aurora
project member when ARES was being set up and flew it for the high
altitude tests. He joked that if he'd been on the ball he could have
claimed a near-unbeatable FAI speed record when he was flying back to the
islands after a test - he reckoned it had hit around 500 mph early in the
return leg when still very high up.

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley..._ARES.htmls://
media.xconomy.com/wordpress/wp-content/images/2007/10/062

https://www.spacedaily.com/news/
marsplane-02b.html15133/1491665020_1004ad04ee.jpg



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Old January 15th 21, 02:39 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Martin Gregorie[_6_]
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Default soaring on Mars?

On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:13:49 -0800, Jonathan St. Cloud wrote:

As any true aviator (helicopter pilot) knows the first flight on another
world will be by the premier of all aircraft, the helicopter.

Mankind's magic carpet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/s...pter-nasa.html

Yep, heard about it, but thanks for posting that URL. It will be
interesting to see how well it does on RealMars (TM). In Martian
conditions a helicopter makes more sense than a powered plane or glider
because it should have a much lower landing speed.

BTW, the Aurora ARES design had an inverted V tail on twin booms to keep
the stabiliser clear of exhaust from a rocket unit mounted on the centre
line at the wing's TE) - a common design in the S-8P rocket glider RC
competition class which, oddly enough, Bob Parks competes in with his own-
design models.


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Old January 16th 21, 03:43 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:48:31 PM UTC-7, Dan Marotta wrote:
On 1/15/21 6:39 AM, Martin Gregorie wrote:
On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:13:49 -0800, Jonathan St. Cloud wrote:

As any true aviator (helicopter pilot) knows the first flight on another
world will be by the premier of all aircraft, the helicopter.

Mankind's magic carpet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/s...pter-nasa.html

Yep, heard about it, but thanks for posting that URL. It will be
interesting to see how well it does on RealMars (TM). In Martian
conditions a helicopter makes more sense than a powered plane or glider
because it should have a much lower landing speed.

BTW, the Aurora ARES design had an inverted V tail on twin booms to keep
the stabiliser clear of exhaust from a rocket unit mounted on the centre
line at the wing's TE) - a common design in the S-8P rocket glider RC
competition class which, oddly enough, Bob Parks competes in with his own-
design models.


What helicopter can fly at 100,000' (the air density in the Martian
atmosphere)? If there is one, I'd like to know about the rotor design
as my gyro plane can't get much above 10,000'. Oh yeah, it'll have to
carry its own oxygen for combustion unless it's going to get really exotic.


Well Dan, if you read the article, you'll see:

"About 20 years ago, it couldn’t have been possible, really, because of the math,” said Ms. Aung who was a deputy manager of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s autonomous systems division before joining the Mars project.

But a number of advances, such as miniaturization of electronics, batteries that stored more energy and materials that could be shaped into lightweight blades, had finally made the dream of Mars flying machines into a technological possibility, Ms. Aung said.
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Old January 16th 21, 04:40 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Dan Marotta
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On 1/15/21 7:43 PM, 5Z wrote:
On Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:48:31 PM UTC-7, Dan Marotta wrote:
On 1/15/21 6:39 AM, Martin Gregorie wrote:
On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:13:49 -0800, Jonathan St. Cloud wrote:

As any true aviator (helicopter pilot) knows the first flight on another
world will be by the premier of all aircraft, the helicopter.

Mankind's magic carpet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/s...pter-nasa.html

Yep, heard about it, but thanks for posting that URL. It will be
interesting to see how well it does on RealMars (TM). In Martian
conditions a helicopter makes more sense than a powered plane or glider
because it should have a much lower landing speed.

BTW, the Aurora ARES design had an inverted V tail on twin booms to keep
the stabiliser clear of exhaust from a rocket unit mounted on the centre
line at the wing's TE) - a common design in the S-8P rocket glider RC
competition class which, oddly enough, Bob Parks competes in with his own-
design models.


What helicopter can fly at 100,000' (the air density in the Martian
atmosphere)? If there is one, I'd like to know about the rotor design
as my gyro plane can't get much above 10,000'. Oh yeah, it'll have to
carry its own oxygen for combustion unless it's going to get really exotic.


Well Dan, if you read the article, you'll see:

"About 20 years ago, it couldn’t have been possible, really, because of the math,” said Ms. Aung who was a deputy manager of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s autonomous systems division before joining the Mars project.

But a number of advances, such as miniaturization of electronics, batteries that stored more energy and materials that could be shaped into lightweight blades, had finally made the dream of Mars flying machines into a technological possibility, Ms. Aung said.


Well Tom, I guess I've got a lot of reading to do.

Do you remember Joe Berger? I believe he submitted a proposal for a
fold up glider for the Mars project. Wonder what ever became of it/him.

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Old January 16th 21, 07:02 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
Martin Gregorie[_6_]
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Default soaring on Mars?

On Sat, 16 Jan 2021 08:40:46 -0700, Dan Marotta wrote:

On 1/15/21 7:43 PM, 5Z wrote:
On Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:48:31 PM UTC-7, Dan Marotta wrote:
On 1/15/21 6:39 AM, Martin Gregorie wrote:
On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:13:49 -0800, Jonathan St. Cloud wrote:

As any true aviator (helicopter pilot) knows the first flight on
another world will be by the premier of all aircraft, the
helicopter.

Mankind's magic carpet.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/s...pter-nasa.html

Yep, heard about it, but thanks for posting that URL. It will be
interesting to see how well it does on RealMars (TM). In Martian
conditions a helicopter makes more sense than a powered plane or
glider because it should have a much lower landing speed.

BTW, the Aurora ARES design had an inverted V tail on twin booms to
keep the stabiliser clear of exhaust from a rocket unit mounted on
the centre line at the wing's TE) - a common design in the S-8P
rocket glider RC competition class which, oddly enough, Bob Parks
competes in with his own-
design models.


What helicopter can fly at 100,000' (the air density in the Martian
atmosphere)? If there is one, I'd like to know about the rotor design
as my gyro plane can't get much above 10,000'. Oh yeah, it'll have to
carry its own oxygen for combustion unless it's going to get really
exotic.


Well Dan, if you read the article, you'll see:

"About 20 years ago, it couldn’t have been possible, really, because of
the math,” said Ms. Aung who was a deputy manager of the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory’s autonomous systems division before joining the Mars
project.

But a number of advances, such as miniaturization of electronics,
batteries that stored more energy and materials that could be shaped
into lightweight blades, had finally made the dream of Mars flying
machines into a technological possibility, Ms. Aung said.


Well Tom, I guess I've got a lot of reading to do.

Do you remember Joe Berger? I believe he submitted a proposal for a
fold up glider for the Mars project. Wonder what ever became of it/him.


IIRC one of those even made it to the stage of a half-scale test version
-that's the one Aurora made and dropped from a balloon at 100,000 ft. It
looked a little like a DH Vampi the real thing would have had rocket
propulsion, hence the twin booms and inverted V tail: the rocket was at
the rear of the wing centre section:

https://www.spacedaily.com/news/marsplane-02b.html





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