Co-developer of NASA challenge winner Mars Hopper joins UT to talk about the invention
Ukrainian Mars Hopper project won People's Choice award in NASA SpaceApps Challenge 2016.
The computer model of an aircraft, designed to investigate Mars and its surroundings, was praised by the space agency itself.
"It uses the dry ice of Mars to produce liquid carbon dioxide to buildup and release pressure to make a jump and fly in the planet's atmosphere, then land, harvest the dry ice and make a jump again", explains Mykola Denysenko, a member of the team which created Mars Hopper.
Now the Ukrainian team is looking to create two actual prototypes of the invention. The inventors admit though, they rely on the help from the outside including sponsors.
"Ukraine's space industry is pretty strong, and we say our project Mars Hopper can be done in Ukraine. But in our plans we will also rely on NASA to deliver it to Mars, like they did Curiosity (Mars robotic explorer)", Denysenko says.
Watch the full version of the interview on Ukraine Today.