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New ‘UFO UFO’ rover MIT scientists want to build can explore asteroids and moons

The FLYING disc could soon be used to explore the moon and asteroids orbiting our planet.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are looking to create a new type of hovering spacecraft that can operate in the air.

Researchers are looking to build a "UFOs" moon discovery disc

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Researchers are looking to build a “flying saucer”-shaped dish to explore the moonCredit: Getty

The technique would work similarly to how birds and airplanes work: levitation using electrical charges available from interplanetary surfaces.

The researchers are currently testing the spacecraft and are working on a beta that is shaped like a small saucer about the size of a human palm.

The “flying saucer”-shaped object weighs only as much as an ordinary chicken egg.

The researchers said in a statement.

“We think of using this as the same as the Hayabusa missions launched by the space agency,” said Oliver Jia-Richards, lead author of the study and a PhD student in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Headquartered Japan made.

“That spacecraft has been orbiting a small asteroid and deployed small gliders to its surface. Similarly, we think a future mission could send small gliders to explore the surface of the moon and other asteroids.”

Astronomical objects, such as the moon and asteroids, do not have an atmosphere that would support conventional flight, but the lack of an atmosphere actually allows the moon and asteroids to come into direct contact with the moon. Sun.

This allows their surface to form an electric field.

“Then we thought, what if we transferred our own charge to the surface to supplement its natural charge?” Jia-Richards said.

MIT researchers, supported in part by NASA, have discovered that a small disc-shaped craft with tiny propulsion engines can generate enough electrostatic force to travel across a charged surface.

This again allows the small craft to hover and rise above the charge, with their research showing that their design concept is powerful enough to fly a 2-pound object to the moon or a large asteroid. .

The moon’s natural surface charge could lift lunar dust more than three feet in the air, but the added thrusters mean an even greater thrust is possible.

This could bring endless possibilities for NASA and other space exploration expeditions.

Jia-Richards co-author Paulo Lozano said: “In principle, with a better model, we can fly to much greater heights.

“With a rover in flight, you don’t have to worry about wheels or moving parts,” added Lozano. “The terrain of an asteroid can be completely uneven, and as long as you have a control mechanism to keep your rider hovering, you should be able to navigate very rough, uncharted terrain. explore without having to dodge asteroids.”

Paolo Lozano, co-author of the project, says the possibilities are endless without having to land on a celestial body

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Paolo Lozano, co-author of the project, says the possibilities are endless without having to land on a celestial bodyVendor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Caroline Bleakley

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