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Gone with the Wind ON_Mars (GOWON): A Wind-Driven Networked System of Mobile Sensors on Mars

Davoodi, Faranak and Hajimiri, Ali and Murphy, Neil and Nikzad, Shouleh and Nesnas, Issa and Mischna, Michael and Nesmith, Bill (2012) Gone with the Wind ON_Mars (GOWON): A Wind-Driven Networked System of Mobile Sensors on Mars. . (Unpublished)

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We propose a revolutionary way of studying the sur-face of Mars using a wind-driven network of mobile sensors- Gone with the Wind ON_Mars (GOWON). GOWON is envisioned to be a scalable, 100% self energy-generating and distributed system that allows in-situ mapping of a wide range of phenomena in a much larger portion of the surface of Mars compared to earlier missions. It could radically improve the possibility of finding rare phenomena like bio signatures through random wind-driven search. It could explore difficult terrains that were beyond the reach of previous missions, such as regions with very steep slopes, cluttered surfaces and/or sand dunes; GOWON is envisioned as an on going mission with a long life span. It could achieve any of NASA's scientific objectives on Mars in a cost-effective way, leaving a long lasting sensing and searching infrastructure on Mars. GOWON is a 2012 Step B invitee for NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC). It addresses the challenge area of the Mars Surface System Capabilities area. We believe the challenge to be near-term, i.e., 2018-2024.

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