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The purpose for this project is to construct the design and development of a specialized drone created for Martian atmospheric data collection. The structural part of the drone prioritizes lightweight yet durable materials. Through in-depth design and simulation, the structural integrity of the drone was optimized to ensure the most reliable performance. In tandem with structural considerations, the electrical part of the drone prioritizes sensor calibration to provide accurate and reliable data collection for scientific analysis as well as stabilization software for the drone itself while flying. Algorithms and code were meticulously developed to enable the drone to remain horizontal as well as allow the motors to operate in unison while collecting data through the sensors. It can function autonomously and has an SD card that would be retrieved manually for data collection once an astronaut lands on the planet. The main goals within the scope of this project are to get the drone to fly and collect data on Earth and Mars up to 40 feet.

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Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Martian Aerial Drone: An Exploratory Study for Flying a Scientific Drone on Mars



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