Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

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Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

Unread postby Metryq » Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:34 am

YouTube video on gaming: Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

I loved the allusion to all the "wind blown" topography, and especially the graphic captioned: "Dust devils result from sunshine warming the ground."
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Re: Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

Unread postby Metryq » Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:22 am

The reply on YouTube is pretty much what I expected. It's Thunderbolts that cherry picks data. Wikipedia says so.

EDIT: I looked up NASA articles on wind turbines on Mars, and the feasibility assessment was made with computer models of dust storms. Well, I'm convinced. Where do I sign?
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Re: Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

Unread postby GaryN » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:22 pm

I see nuclear mentioned in the Youtube comments and found this page:

NASA Mini-Reactors Could Power Outposts on the Moon and Mars

Even with its heat shielding and external systems, the Kilopower device is no bigger than a garbage can, and it's capable of generating power for years or even decades.


https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/ ... moon-mars/

I'd like one of those too.
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Re: Can Wind Turbines Really Work On Mars?

Unread postby Metryq » Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:45 pm

But nookyaler will kill us all!

Sensible and informed people can be found on YouTube. A wind turbine might work on Mars. If I were on the first wave, I'd want the mini reactors along. Among the experiments might be turbines—to see if they actually work outside the assumptions of a computer model. Relying on sunlit patches of ground to stir up dust devils is too much like betting all the colony's water on de-orbiting one comet. ("Dang! It's nothing but a dry rock!")
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