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What the PanCam team has been up to in January…

We build various versions of our instruments.  As the name suggests, the PanCam “flight model” is the one that will fly to Mars.  It has already been mounted to the rover. The rover, PanCam, and other instruments are all being tested together so we can be sure they will survive the launch, trip, and landing, and also that they’ll be able to talk to each other, and will collect and return data from Mars — in the case of PanCam, that means colour 3D images. The “flight spare” is the spare instrument.  It’s a duplicate of the flight model and is being tested at its home, the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL), in Surrey, not far from Guildford.  We want to make sure all the cameras and electronics are working as expected. In case anything goes wrong with the flight model (not expected!), the flight spare could sent instead.  However, … Continue reading

Posted on February 18, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment

What the Planetary Science Team has been up to in January…

The Planetary Science team has started organising activities for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition all about ExoMars. This will take place at the Royal Society in London from 6th-12th July, just a few weeks before the launch window opens on July 23rd. We will have a full size accurate model of the rover and so can show everyone the different instruments. One of the instruments – the Raman laser spectrometer – was largely designed at the University of Leicester and we will have an interactive demonstrator tool to show how we will use it to analyses drilled rocks at the ExoMars landing site. We are hoping for over 12,000 visitors! Want to know more? ASK us a question ❯

Posted on February 17, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment

What the Engineering Team have been up to in January

This past month the team members still working on ExoMars have been finishing the testing and verification stages for the rover. Some team members have started to move to new projects, in particular the “Sample Fetch Rover” mission. To find out more, you can read these stories on the BBC: ‘Rosalind Franklin’: Europe’s Mars rover heads for fit checks Sample Fetch Rover: Mars rover aims to grab a piece of history Scientific American also has a more detailed story about the whole Mars Sample Return Programme. Here is what each of the team members are working on: Paul M: “I started the month in Toulouse, supporting the deployments of the Rover’s mast, solar arrays and locomotion system, as well as the alignment testing, where we fire a laser at mirror cubes to determine exactly where the different cameras and sensors are pointing now they are installed. Since returning to the … Continue reading

Posted on February 14, 2020 by modantony in News | Leave a comment

What the ESA Project Systems Team have been up to in January…

Our Rover has finished its final testing and is now being placed in its transport container ready to make the journey to Cannes, France, to meet the rest of the Spacecraft that will take it to Mars. The Spacecraft is made up of the Lander Platform, Descent Module, and Carrier Module, and, at the moment, a Dummy Rover Model. In Cannes, the Flight Rover will be mounted onto the Lander Platform, electrical testing performed (to make sure everything works correctly when connected to each other), as well as Platform and Spacecraft balancing (important for the Descent and Landing Dynamics). Then the Flight Rover will be shipped to Turin, Italy, to complete some work on the Rover before shipping it to the Launch site in mid-May, where it will reunite with its Spacecraft to take it to Mars. We, the ESA team, are currently opening the Delivery Review Board, which is … Continue reading

Posted on February 6, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment

Join the second ExoMars Rover Zone live chat – this evening from 7-8pm!

Log in at any time between 7 and 8pm to CHAT to the engineers in the ExoMars Rover Zone! Come along to ask your questions, and learn more about the ExoMars missions and the engineers working on them, in the second of our after-school live chats in the ExoMars Rover Zone. Just log in and head to the CHAT page from 7pm! How to join the evening chat Log in to the ExoMars Rover Zone Click the CHAT icon Start asking your questions! See you tonight! ModJen and the ExoMars Rover Zone team

Posted on January 30, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment

Join the first ExoMars Rover Zone evening live chat, tonight from 7-8pm!

Log in at any time between 7 and 8pm to CHAT to the engineers in the ExoMars Rover Zone!   Come along to ask your questions, and learn more about the ExoMars missions and the engineers working on them, in the first of our after-school live chats in the ExoMars Rover Zone. Just log in and head to the CHAT page from 7pm! How to join the evening chat Log in to the ExoMars Rover Zone Click the CHAT icon Start asking your questions! See you tonight! ModJen and the ExoMars Rover Zone team  

Posted on January 16, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment

Who’s taking part in ExoMars Rover Zone

The ExoMars Rover Zone has launched! From now until the end of the school year, students at 35 schools will be chatting to teams of engineers who have worked on parts of the ExoMars Rover missions. For the latest news and announcements about the event, find us on Twitter @iaegmooh The ExoMars Rover Zone is funded by UK Space Agency. The Teams ExoMars Rover Engineering Team | Airbus We are a group of engineers from Airbus and other companies who are response for the design, build and test of the ExoMars Rover. Team members: Abbie Hutty Alex Taylor-Gates Paul Meacham Paul Norridge Trevor Deacon ESA Project Systems Team | ESA We are a group of managers, administrators & engineers working at the European Space Agency who are response for the management & coordination of contractors who design, build and test all the parts of the ExoMars Spacecraft. Team members: Andrew Ball Coralie Alary … Continue reading

Posted on January 15, 2020 by modjen in News | Leave a comment