Roskosmos and the European space Agency (EKA) has transferred the second phase sovmestnogo project on the study of Mars c 2018 to 2020. This is stated in the message of the Corporation.
“Roskosmos” recalled that on 14 March 2016 launched the first p this project from Baikonur with the carrier rocket “proton-M” in space was launched apparatus “ExoMars-2016” with the orbital module TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) and spokeman device Schiaparelli. The device is expected to arrive to Mars in October 2016.
The second mission “Eczemas” include a landing platform and a Rover, also plan to launch a carrier rocket “proton-M” with Baikonur.
“Russian and European experts have made every effort to stay within the time schedule of the second mission “Eczemas”, providing for the launch in 2018. At the end of 2015, specially created group of experts Tiger Team, consisting of specialists of Roskosmos, ESA, Russian and European industrial contractors, began a study of the possible solutions to compensate for delays and to provide a standby period under the schedule”, – reported in “Roscosmos”.
However, after the submission of the final report Tiger Team joint Manager of the project Board (JESB) has concluded that given delays it is optimal to launch in July 2020.
After the decision to postpone the launch, the head of Roscosmos Igor Komarov and Director General of ESA, Johann-Dietrich wörner have instructed their project teams to develop, together with industrial contractors new baseline schedule.
As explained in the “Roskosmos”, the successful implementation of all phases of the ExoMars project will allow the Russian and European parties to conduct a “joint working out of modern technologies for atmospheric entry, descent and landing on Mars, space vehicles on Mars, the development of new technical solutions and creation of service systems that can be used in other projects to study planets of the Solar system and carry out advanced scientific research on Mars”.