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Questions regarding aerobot which are aerial robots used in the context of unmanned space probe

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What is the difference between "body drag", "frictional drag" and "pressure drag" for astronaut or aerobot atmospheric locomotion in microgravity?

Complaints below my answer to Would a higher air pressure on the ISS or elsewhere make it easier to “swim” in microgravity? about my spherical-cow estimate of how fast an astronaut can accelerate by &...
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How will Dragonfly (mission to Titan) keep from flipping over?

The animation in the announcement article shows landing on a perfectly smooth surface. That's not what the photo from Huygens shows - a lot of rocks and pebbles. And as anyone who played with drones/...
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How exactly do the AstroBees implement propulsion and attitude control?

The (currently unanswered) question How does JAXA's “Int-Ball” manage airflow to optimally navigate inside the ISS? shows a complicated set of twelve ducted airflows for that JAXA aerobotic system ...
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How does JAXA's "Int-Ball" manage airflow to optimally navigate inside the ISS?

above: From the BBC's Japan's zero-gravity space drone sends first pictures from ISS. This is JAXA's GEM internal ball camera, or "Int-Ball". Kawaii! It looks like it uses a three axis attitude ...
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Why did NASA need to attach smartphones to the SPHERES robots in order to link them to the ground?

This May 2016 NASA Johnson video Space Station Live: Getting the Buzz on Astrobee is described as: NASA Commentator Lori Meggs at the Marshall Space Flight Center talks to NASA Ames Research Center’...
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Around Venus in 8 days by Balloon?

The question Would a human colony on Venus be possible? received an answer showing how inhospitable the surface is. But combined with comments to the answer implies that a station in the upper ...
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How many robots have been at, in, or on the ISS?

Part of the problem is that the definition of robot can be a bit of a slippery slope. Can a spacecraft which has autonomous docking capability be considered a potential robot for example? If you are ...
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Flying on dense atmosphere planets & moons

Would certain types of flying be possible on planets like Venus, Titan (which is a moon, I know :P), or gas-giants? I'm thinking on the aspects of these types of aircrafts: airships (that uses only ...
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Would nuclear-heated "hot air" balloon probe be viable for gas giants? [duplicate]

A small Pu-238 core with radiator inside the "skirt" to provide sustained heated atmospheric hydrogen supply to the envelope (plus some thermocouples to produce electricity to power the probe), actual ...
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"Hydrogen-breathing" jet engine?

Following question about flight on other planets an answer contained a quote: Jupiter: Flight on Jupiter is unrealistic. Jupiter's gravity is much too strong. The power required to maintain flight ...
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How long would a blimp last in Venusian atmosphere at an altitude of 65 km?

It would be the same blimp on Earth, except with some modifications like anti-corrosion coating. The blimp will use helium as the gas to keep it aloft. Would it last long enough to be useful?
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How effective would the ARES aircraft be?

NASA has been working on a glider aircraft they wanted to send to Mars - this is the Aerial Regional-scale Environmental Survey. (ARES) How long would it be able to travel? What would be the possible ...
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How long could Solar Impulse fly in the Venerean atmosphere?

Extremes of temperature, and pressure serve to effectively constrict the life-span of a PV cell on the Venerean surface. Despite the cloud cover, the Venus' proximity to Sol makes for upto 1km ...
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What stage of development are meteorology models of Venus?

When the weatherman on TV says 'Rain', I make it a point not to take brolly with me. But jokes apart, meteorology here on Earth is developed enough to assist decision-making. This is demonstrated ...
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Will the Mars Entomopter actually work?

Could a fixed wing entomopter with a wingspan of 2 meters actually fly in the Martian atmosphere? If so, could it reach a flight speed of over 250 mph in the thin atmosphere of Mars?
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Why so few aerobot missions?

In 1996-1997, I became extremely enthusiastic about the space exploration prospects for aerobot technology. There seem to be at least 10 celestial bodies suitable for aerobot deployments: Venus, ...