Sunday, May 08, 2005

NASA Researchers Propose Flying Probe For Venus

NASA researcher Geoffrey Landis has proposed a mission involving an autonomous solar power aircraft that fly in the dense atmosphere of Venus. The planet's slow 117 rotation period and air density of 90 times that of Earth make for ideal conditions for such an approach. Flying at an altitude of 50km, the craft could also be used as the brains for a ground mission isolating delicate electronics needed to control the rover from the harsh conditions on the surface.