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TitanAir: Capturing Titan's Rain
TitanAir aims to “drink” in the rain of Saturn’s moon Titan. Methane raindrops – and their complex organic nuclei – can be absorbed through a permeable section of the airplane's skin so we can examine it for signs of life.
Capillary features on the inside of the skin will collect this liquid and coalesce it into a stream, which can be routed to science instruments.
TitanAir will land on the lakes of Titan like a flying boat, and will trickle-charge its batteries before flying to the rainmaking clouds again. This makes it a “relocatable lake lander,” or “laker” for short.