Georgia Tech Mars Exploration UAV Collaborative System: A Conceptual Design and Systems Engineering Study
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Exploration of Mars has been one of the focus of the aerospace community for its similarity with the Earth. The characteristics of Mars make possible an aerial flight even with the low pressure in its atmosphere. In an age where the ground rover exploration is dominant, the addition of a rotary-wing unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) would expand the exploration possibilities, increasing the range and the amount of scientific data collected. In this work, it is shown a conceptual systems design that combines a rotary-wing UAV and a ground rover in collaboration, for the exploration of the terrain. The work is being developed in the Systems Engineering level of conceptualization and Design phase. Secondary goal is the application of the IPPD method to compare different concepts. A subsequent CAD, FEA and Rapid prototyping, using Additive Manufacturing, of the initial concept is executed in this study. This study shows the steps through the design process, figures and results are show in an order of evolution of work.