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"Dragonfly" Titan explorer drone, NASA funds Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Jaro_in_Montreal
post Dec 20 2017, 09:04 PM
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Is there a specific website for this Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) concept for a Titan explorer drone?
Looks to be an RTG powered machine, somewhat reminiscent of MSL Curiosity (RTG sticking out the tail end).
But no camera mast, ChemCam, or sampling arm visible in the concept illustration.

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Dec. 20, 2017
RELEASE 17-101
NASA Invests in Concept Development for Missions to Comet, Saturn Moon Titan
Dragonfly
Dragonfly is a drone-like rotorcraft that would explore the prebiotic chemistry and habitability of dozens of sites on Saturnís moon Titan, an ocean world in our solar system.
Elizabeth Turtle from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, is the lead investigator, with APL providing project management.


https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-inv...turn-moon-titan

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post Jan 7 2018, 10:28 PM
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At around 0.93 microns these images would be interesting, though still a bit hazy since the aerosol optical depth at this wavelength is about 3 at the zenith. Thus looking at Saturn and stars would be a bit like the view through medium-thin cirrus clouds on Earth. Some details are in figure 12.18 from this paper: http://ciclops.org/media/sp/2010/6514_15623_0.pdf. Saturn may look best during twilight and it should be high in the sky. A wide angle lens (or a mosaic) would help with showing the terrain at the same time.


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- Jaro_in_Montreal   "Dragonfly" Titan explorer drone   Dec 20 2017, 09:04 PM
- - elakdawalla   dragonfly.jhuapl.edu   Dec 20 2017, 09:33 PM
|- - rlorenz   QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Dec 20 2017, 04:33 P...   Dec 22 2017, 01:22 AM
- - Julius   This mission should easily top the list. Titan her...   Dec 22 2017, 03:55 PM
|- - Y Bar Ranch   I use Titan as a case study for an aero class I te...   Dec 29 2017, 10:45 PM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (Julius @ Dec 22 2017, 07:55 AM) Th...   Dec 30 2017, 05:39 AM
|- - Julius   QUOTE (vjkane @ Dec 30 2017, 06:39 AM) Th...   Dec 30 2017, 12:23 PM
|- - Jaro_in_Montreal   QUOTE (Julius @ Dec 30 2017, 12:23 PM) I ...   Dec 30 2017, 05:30 PM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (Jaro_in_Montreal @ Dec 30 2017, 09...   Dec 30 2017, 06:03 PM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Dec 30 2017, 10:03 AM...   Dec 31 2017, 02:12 AM
- - mcaplinger   I share everyone's excitement, but we are unli...   Dec 30 2017, 04:52 PM
- - Explorer1   Opportunity certainly went beyond its designed ran...   Dec 31 2017, 02:55 AM
- - nprev   I wonder how effectively it could navigate over lo...   Dec 31 2017, 09:31 AM
|- - HSchirmer   QUOTE (nprev @ Dec 31 2017, 09:31 AM) We ...   Dec 31 2017, 02:36 PM
|- - RoverDriver   QUOTE (nprev @ Dec 31 2017, 01:31 AM) ......   Dec 31 2017, 04:25 PM
||- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (RoverDriver @ Dec 31 2017, 08:25 A...   Dec 31 2017, 04:50 PM
||- - RoverDriver   QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Dec 31 2017, 08:50 AM...   Jan 2 2018, 06:23 PM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (nprev @ Dec 31 2017, 01:31 AM) I w...   Dec 31 2017, 04:46 PM
|- - HSchirmer   QUOTE (vjkane @ Dec 31 2017, 04:46 PM) Fr...   Dec 31 2017, 05:24 PM
|- - nprev   QUOTE (vjkane @ Dec 31 2017, 08:46 AM) Wi...   Dec 31 2017, 10:17 PM
- - Y Bar Ranch   Wonder what kinds of information can be gathered b...   Jan 1 2018, 04:39 AM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (Y Bar Ranch @ Dec 31 2017, 08:39 P...   Jan 1 2018, 03:30 PM
|- - Y Bar Ranch   QUOTE (vjkane @ Jan 1 2018, 10:30 AM) Tha...   Jan 1 2018, 10:44 PM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   I certainly hope for this mission. but ... if one ...   Jan 2 2018, 05:51 PM
|- - Explorer1   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Jan 2 2018, ...   Jan 2 2018, 08:49 PM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Jan 2 2018, 12:49 PM) ...   Jan 2 2018, 10:41 PM
||- - Webscientist   QUOTE (vjkane @ Jan 2 2018, 11:41 PM) How...   Jan 3 2018, 06:05 PM
||- - Webscientist   QUOTE (Webscientist @ Jan 3 2018, 07:05 P...   Jan 3 2018, 06:10 PM
|- - Habukaz   QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Jan 2 2018, 09:49 PM) ...   Jan 4 2018, 04:20 PM
- - fredk   QUOTE (RoverDriver @ Jan 2 2018, 07:23 PM...   Jan 2 2018, 06:54 PM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (fredk @ Jan 2 2018, 10:54 AM) Know...   Jan 2 2018, 07:56 PM
|- - JRehling   From half of Titan's surface, Saturn will be v...   Jan 6 2018, 08:15 AM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (JRehling @ Jan 6 2018, 12:15 AM) G...   Jan 6 2018, 06:26 PM
|- - vjkane   QUOTE (vjkane @ Jan 6 2018, 10:26 AM) The...   Jan 7 2018, 03:31 AM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   iL kraken sea extends to 56 north. I think small l...   Jan 3 2018, 07:07 PM
- - scalbers   How about some twilight lake watching? https://ww...   Jan 3 2018, 11:25 PM
- - scalbers   At around 0.93 microns these images would be inter...   Jan 7 2018, 10:28 PM


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