Recently, Bob Balaram creates a helicopter that will fly over the sky of Mars. Bob is an alumnus from the most prominent engineering college of India, called the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Along with NASA’ Perseverance rover, this chopper will be traveling to Mars. And, the voyage is set to start this summer. Currently, the chopper is residing at the Kennedy Space Center.
The beginning of the IITian
During the 1990s, he was attending a lecture the Stanford University, which was about a ‘mesicopter.’ Mesicopter is a creation of NASA, which is an advanced version of other airborne vehicles. After 35 years of experience as a robotics technologist, Bob Balaram decides that he will create an airborne device for traveling on the Martian skies.
Balaram’s thoughts and suggestions after attending the lecture at Stanford
After the conference, Balaram, along with Stanford, suggests a joint proposal about his idea. Subsequently, a company called AeroVironment accepts Balaram’s thoughts and perspective on the creation of a chopper for Mars. AeroVironment resides at Simi Valley in California and works in collaboration with the research team of NASA.
Bob’s Balaram’s perspective on the creation of the chopper
Bob says that it’s very challenging to manage the mass of communication radios and batteries in a flying chopper. Further, he says that he is optimistic about the successful execution of the process of flying the helicopter in the atmosphere of Mars. Subsequently, he compares his experience with that of the Wright brothers, however, stating that the only difference is the planets. Lastly, Balaram says that having a crisis is part and parcel of all the science experiments.
Balaram’s inventions include various robotic arms, exploration technologies for Venus, creation of rovers for the atmosphere of Mars, and many more.