In recent years, scientists have learned a few nice closest to the Earth celestial bodies. On the Moon and Mars, we know quite a lot. But other planets remains a mystery. Let’s look at a new device study the cosmos.
One of these mysteries is Venus. Information from the probes that were sent to it is hardly exhaustive. To gather the necessary data required many more missions.
It is possible that exercise is said to help VAMP unmanned airplane that went to explore the acid cloud. Let’s look at the basic features of VAMP.
Features of the VAMP
Said abbreviation stands as follows – Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform.
A unique platform for the Venusian atmosphere was created by Northrop Grumman. That’s great – the prototype is ready, test trials will begin in October (until, of course, on Earth).
What is a VAMP? It is a flat “inflatable” aircraft with a wingspan of about 45 meters. The task of the UAV – soar in the sky at a height of 54 to 69 km (by collecting the necessary information).
The payload unit – 200 kg. It will be used to install the sensors, solar panels, cameras, batteries and other equipment.
Of course, Northrop Grumman developed the car for a reason. A multi-million dollar funding for NASA. It is expected that the invention is interested in the US space agency.
Conclusion of the VAMP
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