Student Handout #1:

The Call for Proposals

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is implementing a call for proposals for micro-missions to Mars in which model airplanes will be employed to perform scientific data- gathering expeditions.

In order to gather more and greater amounts of information about Mars,its geology, geography,hydrology and atmosphere,scientists wish to fly a robot-controlled model aircraft above the surface of Mars for as long as aerodynamically possible,with a scientific instrument payload aboard.This aircraft must fit into the spacecraft which will carry it into an orbit around Mars.This aircraft must then be capable of deployment from its space capsule while entering Mars atmosphere at supersonic rates of speed..This aircraft must be able to hold and employ scientific instrumentation during its flight.It must be capable of flying within the Martian atmosphere between altitudes of 5,000 and 30,000 feet. Prolonged,sustained and controlled flight characteristics are highly desirable.

Design specifications and payload specifications to be released soon.

 


 

Student Handout #1:

The Call for Proposals

 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is implementing a call for proposals for micro-missions to Mars in which model airplanes will be employed to perform scientific data- gathering expeditions.

In order to gather more and greater amounts of information about Mars,its geology, geography,hydrology and atmosphere,scientists wish to fly a robot-controlled model aircraft above the surface of Mars for as long as aerodynamically possible,with a scientific instrument payload aboard.This aircraft must fit into the spacecraft which will carry it into an orbit around Mars.This aircraft must then be capable of deployment from its space capsule while entering Mars atmosphere at supersonic rates of speed..This aircraft must be able to hold and employ scientific instrumentation during its flight.It must be capable of flying within the Martian atmosphere between altitudes of 5,000 and 30,000 feet. Prolonged,sustained and controlled flight characteristics are highly desirable.

Design specifications and payload specifications to be released soon.