Overview and Introduction of the Rotor Optimization for the Advancement of Mars eXploration (ROAMX) Project

Haley Cummings, B. Natalia Perez Perez, Witold Koning, Wayne Johnson, Larry Young, Farid Haddad, Ethan Romander, J. Balaram, Theodore Tzanetos, Joshua Bowman, Lauren Wagner, Shannah Withrow-Maser, Eb Isaacs, Savannah Toney, Dorsa Shirazi, Sarah Conley, Benjamin Pipenberg, Anubhav Datta, Ravi Lumba, Cheng ChiJ. Ken Smith, Charles Cornelison, Alfredo Perez, Taku Nonomura, Keisuke Asai

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Abstract

Research in pursuit of rotorcraft flight on Mars has been ongoing since the late 1990s at NASA Ames Research Center. Since then, many other organizations have also begun researching rotary-wing flight on Mars. In 2014, the project that led to the first helicopter to fly on Mars began at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Ingenuity was developed as a joint effort between JPL, NASA Ames, NASA Langley, and AeroVironment. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made history in April 2021 as the first vehicle demonstrating controlled, powered flight on another planet and, in doing so, it has opened a new era of planetary aviation. Future, more capable Mars rotorcraft will be able to fly even further and carry significant science payload. At NASA Ames, through NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate funding, the research necessary to help develop the next generation of Mars rotorcraft has begun with the Rotor Optimization for the Advancement of Mars eXploration (ROAMX) project. The ROAMX project involves computationally and experimentally investigating aerodynamically efficient, compressible, low-Reynolds number airfoils for rotor blades and, further, new high-performance rotor designs. ROAMX is also developing and validating a rotor design methodology to optimize blades given specific mission requirements. The primary experimental effort of the ROAMX project is focused on rotor hover performance, but subsequent airfoil and rotor design advances are anticipated to carry over into improvements in forward flight efficiency. ROAMX is a collaboration between NASA Ames, JPL, the University of Maryland, AeroVironment, and Tohoku University.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting 2022
PublisherVertical Flight Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781713859253
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventAeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting 2022 - San Jose, United States
Duration: 2022 Jan 252022 Jan 27

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NameAeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting 2022

Conference

ConferenceAeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period22/1/2522/1/27

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