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(Ars Technica)   Mars rover Perseverance stops science activities for a day on in effort to save Mars helicopter Ingenuity. Spiffy: It worked. Sad: Winter might soon kill it anyways   (arstechnica.com) divider line
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2022-05-09 6:37:23 PM  
it was only supposed to last for 30 days. and there were questions that it would work at all. I don't think they ever expected for it to get into the winter and it lacks all the tech that the rovers have to keep the batteries warm.

by any standards of measurement this experiment has been a resounding success and I cannot wait for the next one that does not need close communication with the rover.
 
2022-05-09 6:59:47 PM  
They just crashed it on Matt Damon's roof.
 
2022-05-09 9:51:49 PM  
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Brace yourselves, winter's coming.

 
2022-05-09 11:44:18 PM  
Y'all know what's coming, right?

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2022-05-10 1:23:53 AM  

khitsicker: it was only supposed to last for 30 days. and there were questions that it would work at all. I don't think they ever expected for it to get into the winter and it lacks all the tech that the rovers have to keep the batteries warm.

by any standards of measurement this experiment has been a resounding success and I cannot wait for the next one that does not need close communication with the rover.


It would be cool to send a copter rover to Titan. With its thicker atmosphere and lower gravity it should be easier to get a larger one airborne.  With time delays, it would have to be fairly autonomous though.
 
2022-05-10 1:28:32 AM  

OkieDookie: khitsicker: it was only supposed to last for 30 days. and there were questions that it would work at all. I don't think they ever expected for it to get into the winter and it lacks all the tech that the rovers have to keep the batteries warm.

by any standards of measurement this experiment has been a resounding success and I cannot wait for the next one that does not need close communication with the rover.

It would be cool to send a copter rover to Titan. With its thicker atmosphere and lower gravity it should be easier to get a larger one airborne.  With time delays, it would have to be fairly autonomous though.


would be cool. But Titan is a lot colder than Mars and solar isn't an option. It would have to be a much heavier and rtg powered drone.
 
2022-05-10 5:40:05 AM  

OkieDookie: khitsicker: it was only supposed to last for 30 days. and there were questions that it would work at all. I don't think they ever expected for it to get into the winter and it lacks all the tech that the rovers have to keep the batteries warm.

by any standards of measurement this experiment has been a resounding success and I cannot wait for the next one that does not need close communication with the rover.

It would be cool to send a copter rover to Titan. With its thicker atmosphere and lower gravity it should be easier to get a larger one airborne.  With time delays, it would have to be fairly autonomous though.


There's currently a drone mission to Titan in the works. Launch is set for 2027 with an arrival in 2034.
 
2022-05-10 6:35:08 AM  

optikeye: They just crashed it on Matt Damon's roof.


Came to make a Mark Watney joke, but see that's been taken care of.
 
2022-05-10 7:32:04 AM  
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2022-05-10 8:25:46 AM  
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