Is ballon flight on mars possible

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Is ballon flight on mars possible
« on: 21/12/2006 22:04:20 »
In stead of wheelled rovers would a gas or hot air balloon take off on mars and if so is the atmosphere thick enough for a propeller to produce controlled flight of the balloon.

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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #1 on: 21/12/2006 22:55:45 »
If a parachute delayed descent is planned by NASA it should be possible.
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #2 on: 21/12/2006 23:52:41 »
Yes , but Mars has some serious kick-ass storms don't it ?
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #3 on: 22/12/2006 18:18:21 »
As Neil rightly said, there are some serious storms on Mars every once in a while. Also, due to the rarity of the atmosphere, what kind of altitude could a balloon acheive? Wouldn't it only rise a few feet before the atmosphere couldn't support it?
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #4 on: 23/12/2006 00:24:24 »
There are plans for balloons on Mars.
There isn't any problem with having them there.

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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #5 on: 23/12/2006 00:44:41 »
Then they are either going to have some exquisite aerodynamics to either counteract the storms or ride with them.
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #6 on: 28/12/2006 11:01:03 »
Go with them.
It's a free ride to somewhere new.

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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #7 on: 02/01/2007 20:07:00 »
OI... what about MY question?  [:-'(]
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #8 on: 02/01/2007 21:20:54 »
Mars has only about 6.5 Milli bars but at least it has lower gravity and you could use Hydrogen with no worries, I am no chemist so I don't know whether CO2 would be better to operate in rather than the N2 O2 mix that we have here.
I rather fear that winds would be a problem also altitude adjustment.
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #9 on: 03/01/2007 13:45:49 »
Thank you
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #10 on: 03/01/2007 19:55:42 »
I am old enough to remember a planned trip to the South pole by airship.
The proposal was to head into the wind dragging a large chain behind to provide steering, I do not know how propulsion was to be provided the project never got of the ground
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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #11 on: 04/01/2007 14:15:46 »
I am old enough to remember a planned trip to the South pole by airship.
The proposal was to head into the wind dragging a large chain behind to provide steering, I do not know how propulsion was to be provided the project never got of the ground

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Re: Is ballon flight on mars possible
« Reply #12 on: 05/01/2007 00:44:17 »
We have have strong winds on earth and still fly airships all they need to do is put a weather satellite in space