The Titan Aerial Explorer (TAE for short) was a robotic balloon probe that was sent to Titan in 2036 to study its atmosphere, analyse weather patterns, map out potential sites for colonies and to search for any signs of life.
TAE was launched in 2036 and began its 4 year journey aboard the Titan Surveyor orbiter.
Upon arrival, TAE was deployed from Titan Surveyor and began atmospheric descent. Not long after, it signalled Titan Surveyor and soon started sending photos and even recordings of Titan's landscapes from a bird's eye view.
Overview of mission
TAE was operational for 5, much longer than it was thought to last, and while no life was sadly found, picturesque views of Titan's surface and plenty of information about atmosphere and weather patterns were sent back to Earth over the course of its mission and was successful in finding out more about this distant moon.
After 5 years of exploring and mapping out potential future colony sites, its mission came to an end when signal started to fade. TAE still continued to float after deactivation however as it was spotted floating in the skies by Titan Surveyor although it is unknown how long it remained floating after signal was lost as Titan Surveyor concluded its mission two weeks after TAE lost signal. The remains of TAE were discovered in 2311 during the terraforming of Titan and most of the probe was well intact aside from a few of its pieces laying around.