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High-flying Mini-Sniffer RPV - Mars boundThe Mini-Sniffer is a small unmanned survey aircraft developed by NASA to conduct turbulence and atmospheric pollution measurements from ground level to an altitude of 90,000 ft. Carrying a 25-lb air sampling apparatus, the Mini-Sniffer typically cruises for one hour at 70,000 ft before being remotely piloted back to earth. A hydrazine monopropellant engine powers the craft, while a PCM telemetering system and a radar transponder provide control functions. Development of a high-performance low-Reynolds-number airfoil could make the research craft suitable for a low-altitude terrain-following mission on Mars.
Document ID
19780054612
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Authors
Reed, R. D.
(NASA Flight Research Center Edwards, Calif., United States)
Date Acquired
August 9, 2013
Publication Date
June 1, 1978
Publication Information
Publication: Astronautics and Aeronautics
Volume: 16
Subject Category
Aircraft Design, Testing And Performance
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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