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Should NASA have considered sending drones to Mars with the last launch of the lander InSight?

NASA - JPL landed InSight on Mars just a few days ago.


I WAS EXCITED watching the live YouTube of the Insight Landing success.

Many were online that day, November 26, 2018.

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It is a pretty simple idea to me. If NASA had some drones and wanted to I imagine they would have realistically considered using a few drones with cameras, to do some videos as well as provide visual information of the landing site and the physical condition of the lander to let everyone at JPL know exactly what things looked like from a camera lens from many different points of view. But that is just my 2 cents. What do you think? Do you like my idea of sending camera drones to Mars with the lander so pics could be taken and they could do some close up visuals of the lander and the landscape?

And of course, since Mars' atmosphere is much less than Earth's atmosphere, the engineers had to figure out the best approach to using both the retro-rockets for landing and the parachute so factoring in the atmospheric air pressure and temperature variants, and wind as well, I am pretty confident they could figure out how to use drones on Mars in the future. It is food for thought.

My name is Anthony Davis, and I approve this concept.

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MegL wrote on November 29, 2018, 12:54 PM

Wow, that would be a great thing, if there is any air on Mars to support the rotor blades

VinceSummers wrote on November 29, 2018, 10:34 PM

Haha! You know, MegL, I never thought about the lack of air when Anthony suggested drones in connection with Mars! Sometimes the obvious slaps us in the face. I feel stupid.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 30, 2018, 9:59 AM

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