ExoMars Mission Postponed for the 3th Time

March 14 2016, ESA and Roskosmos skyrocketed space probe ExoMars, which consists of a section of the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and Lander Schiaparelli. The second part of the mission is scheduled for 2018 Already now, however, it is known that this deadline will not be met.

ExoMars spacecraft left Earth on top of a Proton rocket, and to reach the red planet in October 2016. At the end of last year, the band Tiger Team started the analysis of all the variables that could contribute to possible delays. After the meeting a Joint ExoMars Steering Board (JESB), which was held in Moscow, scientists have come to the conclusion that a better solution would be to postpone the start of the probe in 2020.

ESA Director-General Johann-Dietrich Woerner and CEO Roskosmosu Igor Komarov discussed the situation of the ExoMars mission 2018. After analyzing the report, JESB, pushed the initial startup window for July by 2020.

ExoMars is the first mission in the framework of the ESA exploration program Aurora, consisting of two separate space missions. The first, in 2016, the atmosphere of Mars and will test the effectiveness of the technologies necessary for its entry into the atmosphere, descent and landing. Perfect fine-tuning these key stages is a condition for further exploration of Mars. The mission will also provide communication relays that allow the transmission of data between Earth and the rovers for the next Martian mission.

In the second phase of the mission, the Italian branch of Thales Alenia Space is responsible for developing and directing the navigation system for the orbiter and Lander, Martian Rover systems design and build integrated with rover analytical laboratory. The laboratory will be equipped with a “revolving”, which will allow wells to a depth of 2 m and Mars samples of soil.