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flying wing over other worlds?

miklamar

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Report this Oct. 12 2013, 8:31 am

Reading about the flying wing, could our spacecraft carry a small flying wing onboard, to enable the astronauts to fly over a planet or moon's surface quickly?  Its shape produces little drag, allowing it a slow cruising speed and thus requiring small amounts of fuel.


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Dexart

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Report this Oct. 12 2013, 11:47 pm

One form or another of flying wing has been in development for decades. if you recall the television series "The Six Million Dollar Man", the character of Steve Austin originally lost his eye and arm due to an accident piloting a flying wing craft. One would presume the technology has progressed enough to warrant the kind of exploratory craft you suggest... after all, the shuttle program was based on flying wing research.


 

miklamar

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Report this Oct. 18 2013, 8:28 am

It could be large-enough to carry two or more astronauts, or it could simply be a kind of ultralight.  Either one would be preferable to creeping along on the dusty, rocky (or icy) surface, I think!


Var Miklama--Zakdorn, engineer. "A sound mind in a FULL body!" "Time, like latinum, is a limited quantity in the galaxy."

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