In a scene reminiscent of the recent movie “Dune”, the predecessor of a binding quest SaturnThe strangest moon soars over the California desert.
A new one YouTube Videos shows a drone flying over the Royal Sands in California in September 2021 to perform testing for Dragonfly mission, a life-hunting drone is scheduled to launch to Saturn’s moon Titan in 2027 if all goes to plan.
“Working from sunrise to sunset, the team collected data from multiple flights in a variety of lighting conditions – and gathered critical data to develop and test flight control algorithms.” direction,” staff at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHUAPL), led the mission, wrote in a statement accompanying the video.
“The natural sand dunes play a similar role to the terrain that Dragonfly would encounter on Titan, and the environment is ideal for testing navigation algorithms that will use camera images to sense the position and movement of the rotor.” , the statement added.
The Dragonfly development team built two half-scale “Integrated Technology Platform” drones using software and hardware very similar to what will be available on Dragonfly, to ensure that the device was was examined behind before flying to the vicinity of distant Saturn.
On board is equipment consisting of eight independent propeller assemblies, a flight computer, a digital image processor, a navigation camera, and an inertial measurement unit that allows the drone to sense its position. in the air and prototypes of flight control and image processing technology, JHUAPL stated.
“Over the past year, drones have recorded more than 100 flights at multiple test sites and in different wind conditions as their configurations have become more complex,” the lab said. more.
Final Mission calling for Dragonfly to land Titan eight years after its debut. The probe will then spend at least 2.5 years exploring the 3,200-mile-wide (5,150 km) moon, making at least two dozen flights with a range of about 110 miles (180 km).
The last time a surface mission to Titan was the Huygens probe, which is part of Cassini Mission. Huygens was short-lived after landing on January 14, 2005.
https://www.space.com/titan-dragonfly-drone-testing-desert-video Fly over the desert in footage from a drone on a mission to Saturn’s strangest moons