# Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets?

Do we have or do we need a tag for robotic aircraft used to explore other planets?

I noticed this lack when I posted the new question Why Never-EVER Land?

What would be an appropriate tag and definition for this kind of question?

• Technically, according to the tag description, the rovers tag would appy to robotic aircraft: "Questions about vehicles sent to extraterrestrial bodies, generally for use in data collection."
– called2voyage Mod
Mar 22 '18 at 14:50
• @called2voyage hmm... that might have been before the "cosmic (tag) inflation era", back when people were rightfully conservative and cautious and trying to avoid tag inflation. So out of more than just curiosity, I will take this opportunity to honor that spirit and use the rovers tag, at least until 2020.
– uhoh
Mar 22 '18 at 14:55

Dang it, I started to create an extraterrestrial aircraft tag, then I noticed we already have the tag you are asking for--and you've used it before!

Of course, extraterrestrial aircraft is a slightly broader category, and if there is a need for it we could still add that tag, but for now I think aerobot will do.

• Great find, thank you! I'll look into it today and tidy up. On my proverbial list of things to do is to track down all the tags I've generated without taking the time to define (there are over 100 I believe, see this question for background and its answer) and posting a mea culpa-class community wiki with tentative definitions for community review. I wonder if there might be an even better way.
– uhoh
Mar 27 '18 at 1:15

I would think it would be worthwhile. Flying robots are a different category in many ways then other types of landers, and should be judged accordingly.

• I think if we had such a tag it should be "extraterrestrial-aircraft". NASA sometimes uses "Planetary Flight Vehicles", but in an article by that name the word "aircraft" is used repeatedly. "Extraterrestrial aircraft" is the Wikipedia category for such things.
– called2voyage Mod
Mar 26 '18 at 14:13
• It should include Balloons, which are proposed for both Titan and Venus, and possibly others that I am not aware of...
– PearsonArtPhoto Mod
Mar 26 '18 at 14:47