ExoMars Fails Another Parachute Test, Threatening 2020 Mission

Europe and Russia’s joint robotic mission to Mars has hit a snag after the parachutes needed for landing the spacecraft on the Red Planet failed in two back-to-back tests. There isn’t much time left to fix and test the issue before its scheduled launch in the summer of 2020. If the mission team cannot meet the 2020 deadline, they’ll have to wait until 2022 to try again. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos, Russia’s national space corporation, have been working together for the last decade on this mission called ExoMars. The goal of the two-phase program is to send a series of spacecraft to Mars to search for signs of life, either from above the planet or from its surface. The first phase occurred in 2016 when the organizations... Continue reading…

Exomars: Parachute test failure threat to launch date

A European-Russian project to land on Mars has been hit by another parachute failure, during a drop test in Sweden.

Tue 13 Aug 19 from BBC News

Europe and Russia Have ExoMars Parachute Problems. It Could Threaten the 2020 Mars Launch

The mission, which is scheduled to launch in July 2020, has suffered failures in two recent parachute tests.

Tue 13 Aug 19 from SPACE.com

ExoMars Parachute Test Fails Again, Casting Doubt on Launch Plans

The ESA confirms a recent parachute test here on Earth has failed, making this the second failure in the last few months. The post ExoMars Parachute Test ...

Tue 13 Aug 19 from Extremetech

ExoMars 2020 Mission Suffers Second Parachute Test Failure

The European-Russian ExoMars mission to send a rover (pictured above) to the surface of Mars faced another setback when parachutes for the lander mission failed a ...

Tue 13 Aug 19 from Geek.com

Second failure of ExoMars parachute test throws schedule in jeopardy

A joint mission between the European and Russian space agencies to deliver a rover to Mars is facing another setback. The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed that parachutes for the ...

Mon 12 Aug 19 from Engadget

ESA's Mars rover has a bummer of a parachute problem - CNET

The space agency is working hard to figure out why the rover's descent parachutes aren't passing their tests.

Mon 12 Aug 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Roscosmos postpones joint ESA ExoMars mission after failed parachute tests

Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 16, 2019 Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos said in a statement on Thursday that the launch of the joint Russian-European ExoMars-2020 astrobiology mission, aimed ...

Fri 16 Aug 19 from SpaceDaily

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