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Japanese team develops motor for Mars drone

  • February 7, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 10:17 p.m.
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Tokyo, Feb. 7 (Jiji Press) — A Japanese research team said Thursday it has developed a lightweight and highly efficient motor needed to create a drone that can fly on Mars.

The 25-gram motor has an output of 50 watts and energy efficiency of over 80 pct, the team said.

The team includes researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, ShinMaywa Industries Ltd. <7724>, Oita University, Nippon Bunri University, Ibaraki University and Shizuoka University.

JAXA is considering developing a drone that can fly in the thin atmosphere of Mars for exploration of the planet.

Making a Mars drone is “close to feasible,” said Takashi Kubota, JAXA professor. The new motor “enables drones on Earth to expand their ranges” and the technology is “applicable both on Earth and in space,” he said.

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