ESA claims that the ExoMars rover is ready for launch. After the collaboration with Roscosmos ended

28/03/2022
Credit image: ESA/Thales Alenia Space - Two stereo cameras at the top and at the bottom of the rover’s mast – NavCam and LocCam
Credit image: ESA/Thales Alenia Space - Two stereo cameras at the top and at the bottom of the rover’s mast – NavCam and LocCam

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 28 March 2022, at 10:17 am Los Angeles time

ESA recently claimed that the rover in the ExoMars mission is technically ready for launch, but will not be launched on the original date. This announcement comes after ESA claimed to be ending its collaboration with Roscosmos for the mission.

The cancellation came after Russia's war in Ukraine.

But even if the rover is technically (as scheduled) ready to launch, the suspension of the activity between the European and Russian space agencies causes the big delays for the launch.

The initial release date has changed, and ESA announces that a window for launch would be after September 20, 2022. No details have been given of a collaboration between ESA and another space agency to continue the mission, but it is rumored that ESA could partner with NASA for the ExoMars mission. However, this is not yet confirmed.

I hope that our Member States will decide that this is not the end of ExoMars, but rather a rebirth of the mission, perhaps serving as a trigger to develop more European autonomy," says David Parker, Director of Human and Robotic Exploration at ESA.

"We count on brilliant teams and expertise across Europe and with international partners to reshape and rebuild the mission. The team is dedicated and focused on setting out the next steps to ensure we bring this incredible rover to Mars to complete the job it was designed for."

More details will coming and we will announce you in another article or we will update this article.

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