CFD of transportation systems on Mars

By Laurène Delsupexhe - Crew Engineer

During the successful Apollo missions, one of the major issue was the transportation: it's one thing to land on the Moon or Mars, it's another to explore that celestial body. In this project, we'll study which transportation system would best suit a Martian exploration. Will be taken into account the cartography of Martian grounds and a study of its atmosphere and winds. NASA JPL intends to add a UAV (Unmanned Aeronautic Vehicle) to the next Mars rover; how will it behave? How important in size could we consider the UAV to become? Could an adapted version of a ULM (Ultra-Light Motor) possibly be considered as a mean of transportation for astronauts?