The MicroProbe unmanned aerial system (UAS) concept incorporates twin electric motors mounted on the vehicle wing, thus enabling an aerodynamically and environmentally clean nose area for atmospheric sensors. A payload bay is also incorporated in the fuselage to accommodate remote sensing instruments.
A key feature of this concept is lightweight
construction combined with low
flying speeds to minimize kinetic energy
and associated hazards, as well as maximizing
spatial resolution. This type of
aerial platform is needed for Earth science
research and environmental monitoring.
There were no vehicles of this
type known to exist previously.
This work was done by Geoffrey Bland and Ted Miles of Goddard Space Flight Center. GSC-16206-1