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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #40 on: 06/17/2013 05:33 PM »
ESA’s mission to Mars in 2016 has entered the final stage of construction with the signature of a contract today with Thales Alenia Space at the Paris Air & Space Show.

ExoMars will fly two missions, in 2016 and 2018, in a partnership between ESA and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. Its main goal is to answer one of the outstanding scientific questions of our time: has life ever existed on Mars?

In addition, ExoMars will develop new European technical capabilities in landing, roving, drilling and preparing samples to pave the way for a future Mars sample-return mission in the 2020s.

The first mission will be launched in 2016 and will include the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) to search for evidence of methane and other atmospheric gases that could be signs of active biological or geological processes.

It will also deliver the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) to the surface of Mars, to demonstrate key technologies needed for the 2018 mission and future landing missions.

The 2018 mission will land a rover on Mars – the first with the capability of drilling to depths of 2 m to collect samples that have been shielded from the harsh conditions on the surface, where radiation and oxidants can destroy organic materials.

In addition, the 2018 mission carries a Surface Platform with scientific instruments to investigate the martian environment.

The agreement, signed today in the ESA pavilion at the Paris Air & Space Show, marks a major milestone for the mission and for Thales Alenia Space, the industrial prime contractor on ExoMars.

“The award of this contract provides continuity to the work of the industrial team members of Thales Alenia Space on this complex mission, and will ensure that it remains on track for launch in January 2016,” noted Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s Director of Science and Robotic Exploration.

The agreement was signed by Prof Giménez and Vincenzo Giorgio, Vice President Exploration & Science of Thales Alenia Space during a ceremony attended by the Agency’s Director General, Jean-Jacques Dordain. Also attending were Maria Carrozza, the Italian Minister for Education, Universities and Research, Enrico Saggese, President of the Italian space agency, and Jean-Loïc Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

For the 2016 mission, Thales Alenia Space Italy is building the EDM, which is currently completing structural tests at the company’s laboratories in Turin. TGO’s orbiter is being built at Thales Alenia Space’s site in Cannes, France.

The first mission will be launched in January 2016, arriving at Mars nine months later. The second mission is scheduled for launch in May 2018, arriving at the planet in early 2019.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Space_Science/ExoMars_2016_set_to_complete_construction

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #41 on: 06/21/2013 08:38 PM »
ExoMars: Italy on the conquest of the Red Planet

17 Jun 2013

Destination Mars. The signing of the final contract for the development of the ExoMars program was announced today at the International Aeronautics and Space Exhibition at Le Bourget. The signing ceremony took place at the exhibition area of the European Space Agency, in the presence of the Director General of the Agency, Jean-Jacques Dordain, together with project leader Enrico Saggese, President of the Italian Space Agency, and Jean-Loic Galle, CEO of Thales Alenia Space.

To complete the 2016 mission € 146 million were awarded to Thales Alenia Space, the prime contractor of the program, to which is added a further amount of around 70 million euro to cover a significant part of the 2018 mission. "This is a remarkable achievement for the country - said Saggese - ExoMars will be the first 'made in Italy' robotic exploration program and today’s signing finalizes it".

The Italian Space Agency is the first sponsor of the program that includes two separate missions, the design of which is entirely taken care of by Thales Alenia Space. The company is building the EDM module (Entry and Descent Module) for the launch in 2016, technology demonstrator for the entry and descent to Mars and the orbiter TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter).

For the mission scheduled in 2018, Thales Alenia Space will develop the navigation and guidance system of the Carrier Module and Descent Module and the design of the Rover system, including the creation of the Analytical Laboratory, with the drilling and sample collection system from the Martian surface as well as its integration with the Rover.

ExoMars will be achieved through international cooperation of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, as an equal partner in the project that will help with equipment and scientific experiments, but will also develop the Descent Module of the 2018 Mission, and provide launch services for both missions with the use of the Proton carrier.

"The consistency and tenacity of the European and Italian Space Agencies - stressed Elisio Giacomo Prette, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space Italy – has given assurance and continuity to the work of the industrial components and allowed the continuation of all activities intended to minimize the development risks inherent in such a challenging and complex mission". He added - "In particular, we also wish to thank and welcome the Russian Space Agency as a new partner in this exciting adventure".

The 2016 mission is currently in an advanced stage of development that foresees the implementation of the Critical Design Review of the system within the year, while the EDM module (Entry Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module) is completing structural testing at the Thales Alenia Space laboratories in Turin and is expected to start the integration phase of the flight model of the entire spacecraft by the beginning of next year at the latest. The launch is planned for January 2016.

The 2018 mission also undertakes the development of the rover system, which includes the Rover vehicle and the Automatic Laboratory Drawer (ALD), with the objective to carry out a Preliminary Design Review of the entire mission by the spring of 2014 and thereby give the go-ahead to the final phase of construction in the second half of 2014. The launch of this second mission is planned for May 2018.

http://www.asi.it/en/news/exomars_italy_on_the_conquest_of_the_red_planet

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #42 on: 06/24/2013 06:46 PM »
Looking forward to Europe's 'seven minutes of terror'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23010103

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #43 on: 10/07/2013 09:00 PM »
SAFER field test rover

An early ground prototype of ESA’s six-wheeled ExoMars rover vehicle, nicknamed ‘Bridget’, was used for the SAFER (Sample Acquisition Field Experiment with a Rover) field test in Chile’s Atacama desert during October 2013. This photo was taken during a preliminary run in Upwood Quarry near Abingdon in Oxfordshire, UK, in July 2013.

http://spaceinimages.esa.int/Images/2013/10/SAFER_field_test_rover

More about "Bridget" http://www.bridgetrover.net/

Image credit: ESA-Michel van Winnendael

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #44 on: 10/07/2013 11:43 PM »
Remember the thrilling days only a few years ago when ExoMars looked like this:

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #45 on: 10/08/2013 09:31 AM »
Desert trial for ESA Mars rover

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Engineering/Desert_trial_for_ESA_Mars_rover

To follow SAFER’s daily progress, visit the team blog at http://safertrial.wordpress.com

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #46 on: 10/09/2013 01:21 PM »
26 September 2013

First ARCA flight in the ExoMars Program completed successfully

ARCA has successfully completed the validation test flight in the ExoMars Program High Altitude Drop Test (HADT), carried out in cooperation with the European Space Agency.

The launch took place from the Black Sea coast and comprised three pressurized containers containing the avionics equipment that will be necessary to test the ExoMars spacecraft parachute during the incoming future flights that will be performed by ARCA.

The objectives were flight testing the avionics and communication systems, demonstrating the containers sealing after sea landing and the capability to identify and recover the equipment from the sea surface.

http://www.arcaspace.com/en/home.htm


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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #47 on: 10/16/2013 07:41 PM »

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #48 on: 11/02/2013 04:00 PM »
Call for Applications for Membership of ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Working Group

http://exploration.esa.int/mars/53129-call-for-membership-of-exomars-2018-landing-site-selection-working-group/

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #49 on: 11/03/2013 03:43 PM »
The objectives were flight testing the avionics and communication systems, demonstrating the containers sealing after sea landing and the capability to identify and recover the equipment from the sea surface.

I know there's water on Mars.. but this is a bit too far, no? :D

But seriously, why? They intend to recover the payload if there's a launch vehicle failure that dumps it at sea? I'm shooting down my own hypothesis, because.. stress of impact!

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #50 on: 11/03/2013 04:32 PM »
Is that a serious question?  Obviously they needed to validate the technology and procedures they will use to conduct the future drops where actual data collection will take place...this was just the first test drop.

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #51 on: 11/03/2013 05:27 PM »
Is that a serious question?  Obviously they needed to validate the technology and procedures they will use to conduct the future drops where actual data collection will take place...this was just the first test drop.
Mea culpa. I didn't realise the were testing the testing equipment. I thought avionics referred to QM/FM.

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #52 on: 11/03/2013 06:17 PM »
The objectives were flight testing the avionics and communication systems, demonstrating the containers sealing after sea landing and the capability to identify and recover the equipment from the sea surface.

I know there's water on Mars.. but this is a bit too far, no? :D

But seriously, why? They intend to recover the payload if there's a launch vehicle failure that dumps it at sea? I'm shooting down my own hypothesis, because.. stress of impact!
Direct sample entry at TEI speeds. Might very well fall in the ocean.

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #53 on: 11/03/2013 07:52 PM »
Red destination: Choosing an ExoMars landing site

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24466042

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #54 on: 11/08/2013 08:44 PM »
ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli

8 November 2013

The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named ‘Schiaparelli’ in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the Red Planet’s surface features in the 19th century.

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ExoMars_lander_module_named_Schiaparelli

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #55 on: 12/31/2013 09:21 PM »
Dont know if this was in the thread here already
http://ewh.ieee.org/conf/icra/2013/workshops/PlanetaryRovers/04-Baglioni,Joudrier/baglioni,joudrier_talk.pdf

On slide 6 they detail their ground segment including tracking. There are some question marks around DSN usage. I started thinking - Estrack is cooperating with China on Chang'e tracking now, i wonder if it's too late in ExoMars for the reverse to happen ? Chinese and european tracking networks would complement eachother well, no ?

( the link comes from IRCA 2013 planetary rovers workshop page )

Bizarrely, Chinese DSN has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DeepSpaceChina , and so does CLEP
« Last Edit: 12/31/2013 10:47 PM by savuporo »
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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #56 on: 12/31/2013 09:52 PM »
I never understood French leanings towards cooperating with Russians, as opposed with some western countries.

Is it an emotional desire to be "independent" from UK/US?

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #57 on: 12/31/2013 10:16 PM »
I never understood French leanings towards cooperating with Russians, as opposed with some western countries.
The reason ExoMars changed from a primarily ESA/NASA mission to an ESA/Russian one is well documented and has nothing to do with French "emotions"

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #58 on: 01/01/2014 04:04 AM »
Chinese and european tracking networks would complement eachother well, no ?
It depends where. The ESA Malargüe station is just 400km south of where the next Chinese station will be in San Juan (an Argentinian province just north of Mendoza).

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Re: ExoMars: ESA and Roscosmos set for Mars missions
« Reply #59 on: 01/01/2014 05:42 PM »
I never understood French leanings towards cooperating with Russians, as opposed with some western countries.
The reason ExoMars changed from a primarily ESA/NASA mission to an ESA/Russian one is well documented and has nothing to do with French "emotions"
and everything with NASA lacking the budget needed and thus pulling out almost completely (except for some science instrumentation)
« Last Edit: 01/01/2014 05:43 PM by woods170 »

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