Parametric study of mars helicopter for pit crater exploration

Koji Fujita, Hilal Karaca, Hiroki Nagai

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Pit craters on Mars are a good target for a Mars exploration because of scientific and engineering reasons. This study conducts a conceptual design and proposes a multicopter type exploration probe for the pit crater on the Martian surface. Especially, the effects of the number of the rotors (i.e., quad, hexa, octa, deca-copter.) on the standard design and maximum load design were investigated. The designable range enlarged with the increase of the number of the motor, but the trend gradually saturated. When the mission condition was the same, the design with the designable lowest number of motors showed the smallest size. As a result, a quadrotor type Mars helicopter design is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 2020 Jan 62020 Jan 10

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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