Instead rovers, hundreds of robots as flat sheet of paper falling to the surface of the planet – so soon may look exploration of planets
Researchers are working on the design resembling the probe card – service reports Space.com. Would have a meter in length per meter wide and about an inch thick. Rather than build an expensive lander, which would provide it to the surface of the land, it would be – in the number of tens or hundreds – discharged from the mother ship orbiting over it. As a result, each of the robots equipped with webcams, spectrometers, and the like apparatus would be placed elsewhere. Often these would be locations that researchers today seem inaccessible space.
– These would be capable of passive landing, avoiding expensive and complex missile systems and radar – say representatives of the Institute NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAS). In addition, the loss of several such robots would be insignificant for the mission, taking into account their number. After landing, they transmitowałyby results of their research to the mother ship.
Electronics for flexible materials is today everyday, its adaptation to space would not be a problem. The first goal of this technology could be Mars, and so the planet today explored using traditional rovers. Further – even Jupiter’s moon Europa, or Saturn – Enceladus. Both are covered with underground oceans of liquid water, potentially life-giving. The mission for both satellites would create what true power problems robots. Both moons are far away from the Sun, the energy of the stars would not be enough for their actions. But it is the answer, although at first glance sci-fi. Since energy could be delivered using the laser. DARPA (the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) today will fund research on similar technology that would be used for example in Iraq.