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Overview and Introduction of the Rotor Optimization for the Advancement of Mars eXploration (ROAMX) ProjectResearch in pursuit of rotorcraft flight on Mars has been ongoing since the late 1990s at NASA Ames Research Center. Since then, many other organizations have also begun researching rotary-wing flight on Mars. In 2014, the project that led to the first helicopter to fly on Mars began at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Ingenuity was developed as a joint effort between JPL, NASA Ames, NASA Langley, and AeroVironment. The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter made history in April 2021 as the first vehicle demonstrating controlled, powered flight on another planet and, in doing so, it has opened a new era of planetary aviation. Future, more capable Mars rotorcraft will be able to fly even further and carry significant science payload. At NASA Ames, through NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate funding, the research necessary to help develop the next generation of Mars rotorcraft has begun with the Rotor Optimization for the Advancement of Mars eXploration (ROAMX) project. The ROAMX project involves computationally and experimentally investigating aerodynamically efficient, compressible, low-Reynolds number airfoils for rotor blades and, further, new high-performance rotor designs. ROAMX is also developing and validating a rotor design methodology to optimize blades given specific mission requirements. The primary experimental effort of the ROAMX project is focused on rotor hover performance, but subsequent airfoil and rotor design advances are anticipated to carry over into improvements in forward flight efficiency. ROAMX is a collaboration between NASA Ames, JPL, the University of Maryland, AeroVironment, and Tohoku University.
Document ID
20210026440
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Haley Cummings
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
B Natalia Perez Perez
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Witold Koning
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Wayne Johnson
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Larry Young
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Farid Haddad
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Ethan Romander
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
J Balaram
(California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California, United States)
Theodore Tzanetos
(California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California, United States)
Joshua Bowman
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Lauren Wagner
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Shannah Withrow-Maser
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Eb Isaacs
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Savannah Toney
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Dorsa Shirazi
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Sarah Conley
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Benjamin Pipenberg
(AeroVironment Inc)
Anubhav Datta
(University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, United States)
Ravi Lumba
(University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, United States)
Cheng Chi
(University of Maryland, College Park College Park, Maryland, United States)
J. Ken Smith
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Charles Cornelison
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Alfredo Perez
(Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Taku Nonomura
(Tohoku University Sendai, Japan)
Keisuke Asai
(Tohoku University Sendai, Japan)
Date Acquired
January 6, 2022
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Meeting Information
Meeting: Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting, Transformative Vertical Flight 2022
Location: San Jose, CA
Country: US
Start Date: January 25, 2022
End Date: January 27, 2022
Sponsors: VFS - The Vertical Flight Society
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 664817
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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Technical Review
NASA Peer Committee
Keywords
Rotor Optimization for the Advancement of Mars eXploration
ROAMX
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