NASA is looking at a 'stingray-inspired spacecraft' to explore the dark side of Venus

Published November 12, 2019


Fox News included a story on UB’s CRASH lab, which is working with NASA to design a new spacecraft that would fly around Venus and take measurements of its harsh atmosphere that includes incredibly hot temperatures, thick clouds of sulfuric acid and volcanoes.

“By taking our cues from nature, specifically sea rays, we’re looking to maximize flight efficiency," says the project’s lead investigator, Javid Bayandor, lab director and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, in a statement. "The design will allow for a so-far unattained degree of control for such a spacecraft that would be subject to severe zonal and meridional winds on the planet.”

Read the story here.