ExoMars progress update

ExoMars progress update

The ExoMars missions began in 2016 with the successful launch and deployment of the Trace Gas Orbiter This first ExoMars spacecraft is now nicely orbiting around Mars It’s fulfilling very well its scientific mission and it has proven as well its capability to relay data from Mars assets to the Earth and we use for that the American rover This proven capability will be needed to communicate with Europe’s first Mars rover Rosalind Franklin for the newest ExoMars mission in 2020 A landing site in an area called Oxia Planum has been recommended for this joint ESA and
Russian mission which has four elements We have a carrier module to push the spacecraft to Mars We have a descent module to bring the landing assets the rover for the Europeans and the landing platform for the Russian partner down to Mars And we have the rover which is the main interest of Europeans into the mission This rover carries 9 payload instruments that will fulfil the mission which is to discover traces of life on the planet The rover, which was built at Airbus UK is now undergoing final tests in Toulouse, France The European carrier module and the Russian landing platform were delivered earlier this year and together with the descent module are undergoing final environmental tests in
Cannes, France But there are challenges ahead for the descent module In 2016, the ExoMars entry descent and lander
demonstrator module crashed This was due to a problem with the onboard computer ending the descent sequence prematurely But in recent high-altitude drop tests for
the ExoMars 2020 lander the main parachutes suffered damage before
fully inflating This will require further crucial tests between January and March 2020 This go – no go situation means it’s a challenging time ahead for
the mission A race against the clock All the Russian and European teams are now focused at completing the verification
programme of the spacecraft in time for the qualification and acceptance review that is scheduled for April If we would be successful with that review we would be authorised to ship the spacecraft
to Baikonur for a launch within a window that opens on the 26th July and closes on 11th August Missing that window means we would have to adjourn the launch by more
than two years’ time and the next launch opportunity would only reappear on August 2022 So you can imagine that we are all very mobilised to resolve the last risks which we are facing the parachute is one the completion of the system test programme
is another one in order to get ready to catch this opportunity As well as the science landing platform the Russians are providing ExoMars’ ride
to Mars on a Proton rocket The next few months will determine if this
ride will be in 2020 or two years later

38 thoughts on “ExoMars progress update

  1. Nice to see follow-ups on missions, creates a way tighter bond and clearer view on what goes into the mission and how it works, certainly when you're used to only see announcement videos of missions! 🙂

  2. This is very interesting! Since NASA and CNSA also have plans to launch for Mars in 2020, I wonder if the mission profiles are overlapping or if there are any collaboration efforts on any level. However, I really hope at least one of the space agencies gets to launch in 2020!

  3. dat thick accent some people will have problems understanding lol
    Hopefully they will have sorted their lander before the launch window 2020. If not it will be a long wait

  4. Why use an old fashioned parachute and a more sophisticated technology like thrusters for the entry capsule? This parachute is old and destined to fail due to unforeseen issues in the Mars atmosphere! 💥🚀💗

  5. Latest news! Thanks for sharing, ESA!
    I believe that this "race to the clock" will be won by all these well concerted efforts of all involved.
    Every success to ESA's and Russia's ExoMars mission!
    Collaboration inspires!!

  6. Estas máquinas são tão refinadas …as técnicas de laboração que tornam possível a construção circuitos integrados …são estudados ao milímetro… Esperemos que os semicondutores, os condutores e os transmissores estejam a postos numa electrónica industrial onde os microprocessadores estejam alinhados nu a corrente para que a Rosalind seja um êxito em Marte …Talvez estes circuitos integrados tenham o tamanho da falange do meu dedo para tocar no gosto e escrever Parabéns por mais um passo em 2020/22??

  7. Schiaparelli had an unfortunate end, it's a good thing the mission has kept going with the trace gas orbiter and now with a fully developed rover component as well! Hoping for the best, and I'm always happy to see collaboration from russia as they have a long and excellent aerospace history!

  8. Amazing! I have confidence the you people can pull this off! However I was under the impression that the Proton Rocket was no longer being used by the Russians due to certain….mishaps….is this not the case?

  9. And "we ave". Damn, even scientists (such smart people) who speak French/Italian/Spanish cannot conceive that you are supposed to actually pronounce H. So, instead of "we ave" it would be "we have".

  10. Why almost all ESA French scientist never make the slightest effort to speak with a decent English accent? Even Inspector Clouseau has a better one!😊

  11. I'll bet you a hundred bucks they crash….Because if they're dealing with parachute problems only months before launch then what other problems haven't they addressed or have missed.

  12. It is very bad to have a science-based organization run by a man who wears a SUPERSTITION bracelet. That bracelet has been debunked so many times and yet, this supposed "science" leader buys into it.

  13. Ingegneria straordinaria! In questi anni l'uomo ha fatto,non uno, ma, mille passi da gigante! La forma assomiglia un po' a 🛸😉 Buon lavoro ESA 💙

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