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Solar Powered Flight on VenusSolar powered flight within the Venus environment from the surface to the upper atmosphere was evaluated. The objective was to see if a station-keeping mission was possible within this environment based on a solar power generating system. Due to the slow rotation rate of Venus it would be possible to remain within the day light side of the planet for extended periods of time. However the high wind speeds and thick cloud cover make a station-keeping solar powered mission challenging. The environment of Venus was modeled as a function of altitude from the surface. This modeling included density, temperature, solar attenuation and wind speed. Using this environmental model flight with both airships and aircraft was considered to evaluate whether a station-keeping mission is feasible. The solar power system and flight characteristics of both types of vehicles was modeled and power balance was set up to determine if the power available from the solar array was sufficient to provide enough thrust to maintain station over a fixed ground location.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Colozza, Anthony
(Analex Corp. Brook Park, OH, United States)
Landis, Geoff
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2004
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 755-81-01
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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