MOSCOW, 16 Oct — RIA Novosti. The engineers of the European space Agency (ESA) said received telemetry data from the European-Russian space probe “ExoMars-TGO” after the procedure of separation of the lander “Schiaparelli” for rapprochement with Mars.
Earlier on Sunday, the engineers stated that they experienced problems receiving telemetry data when separated the landing platform.
“Receiving telemetry loud and clear, the parameters of the Department confirmed. Now the team can analyze the data and prepare for the next stages of the arrival of the vehicle on Mars,” — said in the ESA statement on Twitter.
Receiving @ESA_TGO telemetry loud and clear. Separation parameters confirm @ESA_EDM has detached and headed to Mars #RedPlanet #ExoMars pic.twitter.com/eLwc6MgnXb
— ESA Operations (@esaoperations) October 16, 2016
As expected, the module “Schiaparelli” will unwind and will begin an independent journey to a stable Martian orbit. After that, the prototype Mars Rover “Pasteur” on Wednesday will begin examining the mysteries of Mars. The task of the “Pasteur” — geological research and the search for traces of life around the landing site and the probe will study the traces of rare elements in the atmosphere of Mars and search for deposits of water ice.
The press service of the state Corporation “Roskosmos” reported that “Schiaparelli” will continue to move along a trajectory crossing the orbit of Mars, to landing on the planet, and the Orbiter TGO on Monday will perform a maneuver transition to hyperbolic with respect to Mars’s orbit on 19 October will start the braking maneuver to enter the orbit of Mars.
The landing module “Schiaparelli” is scheduled for October 19. “Schiaparelli” will enter the atmosphere at an altitude of about 122.5 kilometers at a speed of nearly 21,000 km/h in approximately 17.42 GMT. The parachute is opened at an altitude of 11 kilometers at a speed module 1650 km/h, and the special design of the device will soften the blow when falling. Roughly 17.48 GMT on Wednesday, the module “Schiaparelli” will start signal transmission from the surface.