Three concepts for the TALISE boat mission to Titan: screw propelled (left), paddle wheels (center) and inflatable wheels (right). Credit: Urdampilleta, et al.

 

Paddleboat Mission to Titan Proposed

by NANCY ATKINSON on September 27, 2012

Is sending a boat to Titan an outlandish idea? Maybe, said a group of European scientists and engineers, but they’re working on a plan. The Titan Lake In-situ Sampling Propelled Explorer (TALISE) proposes a sending an instrument-laden boat-probe to Saturn’s largest moon that could be propelled by paddles, inflatable wheels or screws. The probe would land in the middle of Ligeia Mare – Titan’s biggest lake, near the moon’s north pole — then set sail for the coast, taking scientific measurements along the way.

Read more: Paddleboat Mission to Titan Proposed — Universe Today

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