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A Mars 1 Watt vortex wind energy machineA Martian wind power generator capable of surviving impact and fulfilling the long-term (2-5 yr) low-level power requirements (1-2 W) of an unmanned surface probe is presented. Attention is given to a tornado vortex generator that was chosen on the basis of its capability to theoretically augment the available power that may be extracted for average Martian wind speeds of about 7.5 m/s. The generator offers comparable mass-to-power ratios with solar power sources.
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Conference Paper
Ralston, Michael
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Crowley, Christopher
(Design, Inc. Lake Mills, WI, United States)
Thomson, Ronald
(Wisconsin Univ. Madison, United States)
Gwynne, Owen
(SETI Inst.; NASA, Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
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Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space - III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-41976 17-12)
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Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
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