Preliminary Research AerodyNamic Design To Land on Mars (PRANDTL-M)

PI: Dave Berger, NASA/Armstrong Flight Research Center

A prototype of the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-m, which is a flying wing aircraft with a twist, will be launched from a high altitude balloon. The Prandtl–m will be released at about at 100,000 feet altitude, which will simulate the flight conditions of the Martian atmosphere. The Prandtl-m design is derived from the Prandtl-d flying wing design. For more information about Prandtl-d see:
March 30, 2016: NASA Armstrong Fact Sheet: Prandtl-D Aircraft
March 21, 2016: Flying Wing-Shaped Experimental Airplane Validating New Wing Design Method
NASA/TP—2016–219072 (March 2016): On Wings of the Minimum Induced Drag: Spanload Implications for Aircraft and Birds

Technology Areas (?)
  • TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Problem Statement

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Technology Details

  • Selection Date
    NASA Directed
  • Program Status
  • Current TRL (?)
    Successful FOP Flights
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