The difficult land of Mars makes Curiosity lose precious time with the research of the Red Planet, so, NASA engineers have already started to think of new methods to study Mars. NASA is now planning to study the Red Planet from the air and the space agency’s engineers are working on developing robotic bees to send them to Mars to examine the planet easier.
NASA’s robotic bees
The robot-bees NASA is planning on developing and sending to Mars have been called Marsbees each one would be as big as a bumblebee but will possess wings wider than a cicada.
These Marsbees would also have a mobile HQ they will use for communications and where they can return to recharge their batteries.
“Our preliminary numerical results suggest that a bumblebee with a cicada wing can generate sufficient lift to hover in the Martian atmosphere,” explains Chang-Kwon Kang from the University of Alabama.
The NASA research team collaborates with a Japenese group
The Japanese scientists are a few steps in the front of the Americans in this regard because they already possess a working bee-like air vehicle and they think of testing their small flying robot in a special a lab room, specially designed to mimic the Mars’ atmosphere and gravitational force.
Just a few days earlier, NASA declared it’s working on developing 25 technologies which are just the start of the innovations which will be created at the Innovative Advanced Concepts Program led by NASA.
It seems that NASA postpones manned missions to Mars
The promised manned missions to Mars seem to be impossible to happen in the near future, so, in the meantime, NASA will send more probes on the Red Planet to examine its underground, surface, and atmosphere.
The Marsebees will be able to cover more of the Mars’ surface in comparison with the Martian rovers sent by NASA during the time. So, despite the fact that Mars Curiosity and Opportunity rovers were two successful missions which provided lots of precious information about Marrs, now, NASA plans on sending robotic bees to examine the Red Planet from the air. In the long-run, Mars is not the only planet targeted by NASA. Besides Mars, NASA plans on sending flying drones to Titan, one of the Saturn moons.