Russian-European Mars Mission Postponed Due To Tech Problems, Coronavirus

Europe, Russia delay Mars mission to 2022

On Thursday, the European Space Agency and its Russian accomplices declared that they would defer their arranged wanderer/lander crucial Mars. Revealing the delay at a video press conference from Paris, ESA director general Jan Woerner said a number of tests still needed to be successfully conducted, but there would not be enough time before the launch window.

While the outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19 has not directly impacted the launch delay, it has meant the movement of those working on the rover has been limited in recent days.

Russian Federation has provided the launcher, the descent module and the landing platform for ExoMars, while the robot, called Rosalind Franklin after the English chemist whose work helped lead to the understanding of DNA, and its research capabilities are European.

"But of course now, in this situation, we see that the coronavirus has also an impact on the preparation, because people from different places of industry in Russian Federation, in Italy and France can not move easily as in the past, so therefore there is also an impact".

"It is driven primarily by the need to maximize the robustness of all ExoMars systems as well as force majeure circumstances related to exacerbation of the epidemiological situation in Europe which left our experts practically no possibility to proceed with travels to partner industries", Roscosmos' director-general Dmitry Rogozin said in a statement.

"I want to thank the teams in industry that have been working around the clock for almost a year to complete assembly and environmental testing of the whole spacecraft".


To date, all flight hardware needed for the launch of ExoMars has been integrated in the spacecraft.

The launch of the ExoMars mission has been delayed from 2020 to 2022 for proving coronavirus issues and concerns. All 13 instruments have been installed on the Kazachok lander, and the Rosalind Franklin rover's nine scientific instruments are in the final stages of thermal and vacuum testing. The ExoMars descent component and touchdown system have actually been undertaking ecological testing in Cannes, France, to validate the spacecraft prepares to sustain the rough problems of area on its trip to Mars.

The mission plans to place a rover vehicle, the Rosalind Franklin, on the surface of the red planet to help scour it for signs of past life.

The ExoMars program is a joint venture in between the Roscosmos State Corporation and ESA. Apart from the 2022 mission, it includes the Trace Gas Orbiter launched in 2016. Unlike Curiosity or Opportunity, this rover will carry the "first helicopter that will fly on another planet", NASA added.

In any case, getting all that to the surface requires a muddled landing framework, and the ExoMars crucial utilize two arrangements of parachutes.

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