New bee robot maps mars surface and also able to collect samples from mars, as a team of international researchers has launched the mission last month, when their project was awarded by Innovative Advanced Concepts program of NASA with $125,000, the program which provides funds to such projects that look further space exploration.
The research team included associate professors and engineering researchers to work with the University of Alabama in order to design the robotic bees, which will be able to map the surface of our planet as well as catch samples from the mars.
Airborne robots called as ‘Marsbees’ are supposed to be helping researchers in gathering perfect data about the distant planet for creating the topographic maps, according to the leading researchers. While, an associate mechanical and aerospace engineering professor, Taeyoung Lee told that he is involved in the research team of the project.
In a statement Taeyoung Lee said that, “We figured that our interdisciplinary backgrounds in fluid mechanics, structural dynamics and control would be particularly useful to study insect-like flying robots. All of the design parameters, such as the size and the shape of the wing, the flapping frequency, the mission design, should be optimized for the Mars environment.”
The admissions communications director and the spokeswoman of the mission, Diana LaChance from the University of Alabama in Huntsville says, “Providing aerial-sensing and information-gathering capabilities will greatly help the existing and future Mars exploration missions. That combination is intended to give it the ability to generate sufficient lift for hovering in the ultra-low-density Martian atmosphere.”