Author Topic: ESA/Roscomos - ExoMars 2020 (Rover + Surface Platform) - updates  (Read 33001 times)

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http://www.esa.int/For_Media/Press_Releases/ESA_Council_October_2017

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The ESA Council, chaired by Jean-Yves Le Gall, met on 17–18 October in Paris, France.

An Agreement between NASA and ESA on ExoMars 2020 was unanimously approved to include NASA’s Deep Space Network in the mission’s ground segment and to extend Mars proximity relay communications using NASA’s MRO and MAVEN orbiters.

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http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/ESA_Bulletin_171_3rd_quarter

From ESA Bulletin 171 (3rd quarter 2017) Page 66

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ExoMars 2020

Delays of 2–10 months have accumulated on the Rover Pasteur payloads since Ministerial Council 2016 with respect to Lead Funding Agencies’ commitment. This was addressed with the relevant Member States on different occasions. The System Rocket Complex PDR was held in June allowing the consolidation of the spacecraft and combined operations activities plan at Baikonur.

Following the consolidation by Lavochkin and Thales Alenia Space Italy of the Descent Module and the Spacecraft Composite AIT activities and because of a longer launch campaign than initially assumed, Thales and Lavochkin were requested to propose an updated schedule that preserves 60 working days of contingencies two years prior to launch. A proposal for a simplified Rover wheelwalking mode is expected from Airbus Defence & Space UK to improve the overall compliance to the locomotion requirements on critical terrains.

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http://www.russianspaceweb.com/exomars2018-2017.html

Anatoly got one detail wrong: "Planetary Defense" is protecting from asteroid. Protecting from bacteria, which is what I assume the ExoMars lander needs to do is "Planetary Protection"

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http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/ESA_Bulletin_172_4th_quarter

From ESA Bulletin 172 (4th quarter 2017) pages 73-74

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ExoMars 2020

The CDRs of the Carrier, Rover and Descent Modules (DM) are ending. Some equipment belonging to the Carrier and Rover Modules encountered difficult development that required close monitoring, lengthy tests and adjustments of design. The second phase of the DM CDR jointly conducted by Roscosmos/TsNIIMash and ESA is ongoing with emphasis on hardware design readiness, specification of software requirements and final analysis of the braking engine/Radar Doppler altimeter plume interference risk.

The system CDR is planned for 26 October. An updated ExoMars 2020 project schedule is being created to reflect a full-fledged DM and spacecraft test campaign, introducing 60 working days of contingencies, and assuming a realistic 66-day launch campaign.
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ExoMars low-altitude parachute drop test

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Published on Mar 29, 2018

The video features footage taken of the parachute deployment as seen from the ground, as well as from onboard GoPros fixed to the drop test vehicle and looking up at the parachute. The test focused on the deployment and inflation of the second main stage 35m-wide parachute, which will be the largest to fly on Mars.

Discussing the test are Stephane Langlois, ESA ExoMars engineer, and John Underwood, principal engineer at Vorticity.

The test was carried out by Vorticity Ltd under the supervision of Thales Alenia Space France, Thales Alenia Space Italy and ESA, in Kiruna, Sweden, on 2 March 2018.

Credits: ESA & Vorticity Ltd

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V0__xvwNk4?t=001

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First test success for largest Mars mission parachute (article)

https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ExoMars/First_test_success_for_largest_Mars_mission_parachute

Image credit: ESA

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First test success for largest Mars mission parachute (article)

https://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/ExoMars/First_test_success_for_largest_Mars_mission_parachute

It's good to see ESA's pulling off their own accomplishments for Mars.  My main concern is how the Russian platform is coming together; Russia's rockets are trustworthy but (at least for Mars) their spacecraft have lacked in success even in the Soviet era.  I do hope with ESA they can pull this off.
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Europe's Mars rover takes shape

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43832868

Good to see it coming along.  It is also a small bonus from that article to learn the decision between the sites of Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis will be made in November.  I wish for more news on the Russian components.
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After 7 years of design and development work (and even more for some of my colleagues) the @ESA_ExoMars Rover STM left @AirbusSpace Stevenage this morning for its test campaign in Toulouse. Cracking effort, team! Now fingers crossed for the test! 🤞

https://twitter.com/a_hutty/status/989084427639762946

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