Student: Dillyn Mumme, Undergraduate Student in Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
Research Mentor: Rich Wlezien
Eagle Eye is a coaxial rotorcraft proof of concept vehicle for Mars. It would be used to assist in planetary exploration of Mars where traditional rovers or humans cannot go. We plan to test our vehicle at similar conditions to mars. We plan to do this by having a high-altitude balloon take us up to over 100,000 ft. Detach from the balloon, cancel our negative decent and achieve accent for 60 seconds. Then power down start our decent, after achieving a target altitude our recovery system will deploy a parachute. This will slow our decent and bring us safely down.
To learn more about the Eagle Eye project, visit the project’s website.