Scientists, inspired by devil fish, develop new spacecraft to explore the dark side of Venus

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 Scientists, inspired by devil fish, develop new spacecraft to explore the dark side of Venus


By Carmela

Production of NetEase science and technology know column group (public address: tech_163)

Venus is a neighbor of the earth, but scientists know little about the planet. Inspired by the devil fish, scientists have developed a new spaceship to explore the mysterious planet.

Researchers from the University of bafaro in the United States have designed a deformed spacecraft whose wings fan like the pectoral fins of devil fish. This structure can effectively utilize the strong wind in the upper atmosphere of Venus and provide scientists with efficient aircraft control capabilities.

The breeze spacecraft runs around Venus every 4-6 days. Under the sunlight, the solar panels on both sides of the spacecraft will be charged every 2-3 hours, which will provide power for instruments to collect atmospheric samples, track weather patterns, monitor volcanic activity and collect other data.

The projects lead researcher said that by looking for design inspiration from the sea devil fish, it will maximize the efficiency of the aircraft, which can withstand the radial wind with a speed of 80 kilometers per hour on the surface of Venus.

The unique versatility of the breeze spacecraft helps to gather important data about the mysterious dark side of Venus, said bayandor, who is also director of the crash laboratory

Some areas of Venus are continuously in darkness, and Venus rotates for longer (243 days) than it does around the sun (225 days). Therefore, Venus grows older each day, which means that some areas of the planet have been shrouded in darkness, totally different from the side facing the sun.

The breeze spacecraft has a deformed wing in the shape of a devils fish, powered by an internal gravity system, which can achieve the mechanical compression required for thrust, control, stability, additional lift and active buoyancy control. Bayandor stressed that these characteristics are very important, because Venus environment is relatively bad, not suitable for life survival, its surface temperature is close to 482 degrees Celsius, there is a thick sulfuric acid cloud. In addition, the spacecraft could be used to explore other planets in the future, such as the underground world of Titan.

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