Quote from: chewi on 09/20/2017 11:31 amQuote from: Phillip Clark on 09/20/2017 11:26 amSIX rovers?Apparently 6 payloads (instruments) on a rover?That's correct (I have checked the original Chinese article). Also the 13 instruments refers to those on the orbiter.Does anyone have a full list of them?
Quote from: Phillip Clark on 09/20/2017 11:26 amSIX rovers?Apparently 6 payloads (instruments) on a rover?
details of the payload start to emerge. A 50 cm-per pixel cameraChina is sending one of the most powerful deep space cameras to Marshttp://gbtimes.com/china-is-sending-one-of-the-most-powerful-deep-space-cameras-to-mars
China plans to implement the first Mars exploration mission in 2020. It will conduct global and comprehensive exploration of Mars and high precision and fine resolution detection of key areas on Mars through orbiting, landing and roving. The scientific objectives include studying the Martian morphology and geological structure characteristics, studying the soil characteristics and the water-ice distribution on the Martian surface, studying the material composition on the Martian surface, studying the atmosphere ionosphere and surface climate and environmental characteristics of Mars, studying the physical field and internal structure of Mars and the Martian magnetic field characteristics. The mission equips 12 scientific payloads to achieve these scientific objectives. This paper mainly introduces the scientific objectives, exploration task, and scientific payloads.
Scientific Objectives and Payloads of Chinese First Mars Explorationhttp://www.cjss.ac.cn/EN/abstract/abstract2602.shtml
“Mars 2020 mission spacecraft is undergoing integration,” Wang Chi, director of the National Space Science Center (NSSC) in Beijing, told SpaceNews in a rare update on the mission.<snip>The NSSC will be involved in integration of the instruments with the spacecraft.
A successful launch of the Long March 5 will be required for China to be ready for the Mars Hohmann transfer window in [July-August] 2020, and missing this low-energy launch period would bring a wait of 26 months until the next mission launch opportunity.
I am seeing comments on the launch thread that this spacecraft is named HX-1 which means "Mars 1" (original!). Can someone please tell me what the "HX" stands for?
I just wonder why they dropped the Yinghuo name (that of the failed Fobos-Grunt subsatellite)
The bottom part looks more like a cruise stage than an orbiter.
Quote from: tolis on 10/09/2019 09:16 pmThe bottom part looks more like a cruise stage than an orbiter.Do you have the original source of this slide/presentation?It's an orbiter nevertheless: it will have medium-res and high-resolution cameras (up to 0.5-m resolution), a magnetometer, subsurface radar, and several particles and infrared spectrometers.