Sep 242017
 

… in a drone:

This is pretty much exactly the sort of footage that would have been impossible to get prior to the current generation of drones. So just imagine what people will be able to film once the batteries for drones are actually *good,* with the power and energy density of chemical fuels like gasoline.

I kept halfway expecting the drone to duck into a crevice in the rock face and wind up in a great interior space, lit only by the flames of a Balrog…

 Posted by at 6:59 pm
  • robunos20

    >I kept halfway expecting the drone to duck into a crevice in the rock face and wind up in a great interior space, lit only by the flames of a Balrog…

    or the weak Gods of Earth, dancing on the summit . . .

  • Law

    I heard those old gasoline-powered T-hawk drones (the flowerpots with legs they deployed back in 2009(?)) had an endurance of two hours. But it also said they were only portable in two backpacks, so not quite there yet.

  • Bruce

    I’m surprised that they haven’t found a way to use a flying drone on Mars or couldn’t they?
    I think the atmosphere would be thick enough because Wernher Von Braun thought of
    using glider wings in the Martian atmosphere.

    • publiusr

      Titan is a better choice. A spindly glider would be wing and ground effect on Mars.

      If only the atmo’ had been a little thicker–we might have seen that scaled up Dyna-Soar type lander.