Garmaine Staff asked 2 years ago

I read from this paper under section G. that the JPL Mars helicopter scout will use standard 18650 cells from Sony. I’m sure that a company like NASA has the capability of acquiring much more advanced and energy dense cells, especially since they only need a one-off. For example, see Sion, Oxis, and Solid energy systems.

Why are they are choosing to use regular cells?