Unlike Earth, most planets and moons scattered across the solar system have pretty unpredictable atmospheric conditions, which make exploration and research quite difficult with regular crafts.
These unpredictable environments require a very specific type of craft that has the ability to adapt to various challenges while still being lightweight and energy efficient.
One of these unpredictable moons that interest researchers a lot is Saturn’s moon by the name of Titan, and researchers from NASA as well as other organizations are already working on a prototype craft designed specifically for it.
This prototype is being called the Titan Winged Aerobot, and is a hybrid balloon and glider combination, which uses a special buoyancy system to control it’s movements through turbulent atmospheres.
By putting the stress on it’s own natural buoyancy, this craft removes the need for complicated propulsion and flight control systems.
In addition to it’s special design, the craft is also expected to feature a host of sensors that will work together to take pictures, gather atmospheric data, and even deploy miniature surface probes for further exploration.
The responsibility for the development of this craft has been given to the Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) along with the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS).
The overall goal is to make sure that the final iteration of the craft has enough adaptability that it can be used not only on Titan, but on other planets and moons as well. We will make sure to bring you all the updates as the project moves forward.