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Jumping Lunar Nanobot

Jumping Lunar Nanobot

Aug 2, 2017 @ 16:00 | This highly mobile, jumping Nanobot was designed by a team of space engineers challenged to develop a Moon mission that was not only technically viable but could also make a profit. The annual SpaceTech Master Programme of the Technical University of Graz, Austria trains space professionals to combine space […]

Rovers  Drive Through Tenerife Darkness

Rovers  Drive Through Tenerife Darkness

Jul 21, 2017 @ 05:54 | A pair of ESA rovers trundled around a Moon-like area of Tenerife by both day and night during a nine-day test campaign, gathering terabytes of data for follow-up analysis. A team from ESA’s Planetary Robotics Laboratory, with a vehicle called the Heavy Duty Planetary Rover (HDPR), joined engineers from […]

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

Schiaparelli Landing Investigation Completed – IMU Malfunction Causes Crash Landing

May 25, 2017 @ 08:29 | The inquiry into the crash-landing of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module has concluded that conflicting information in the onboard computer caused the descent sequence to end prematurely. The Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module separated from its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, as planned on 16 October last year, […]

Exploring Underground With a Colliding Drone

Exploring Underground With a Colliding Drone

May 23, 2017 @ 13:49 | ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a colliding  drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map. ESA has been testing equipment, techniques and working methods for missions with astronauts in inner space for many years. Delving […]

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Final Two Landing Sites of ExoMars

Apr 9, 2017 @ 12:15 Two ancient sites on Mars, Oxia Planum and Mawrth Vallis have been recommended as the final candidates for the landing site of the 2020 ExoMars rover. On Monday 27 March, the 4th ExoMars Landing Site Selection Workshop will take place at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), The […]

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

IMU Malfunction Causes Schiaparelli’s Crash Landing on Mars

Nov 26, 2016 @ 18:23 |  In preliminary investigation, European Space Agency has found that Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) malfunction is the reason for Schiaparelli’s crash landing on Mars. The IMU measures the rotation rates of the vehicle. Due to malfunction of IMU, computers calculated wrong altitude of Schiaparelli and mistakenly thought it was much […]

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Detailed Image of Schiapatelli Parts and Crash site in Colour

Nov 4, 2016 @ 18:39 |  New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show  ExoMars Schiaparelli parts module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet. Schiaparelli arrived in the Meridiani Planum region on Mars on 19 October, while its mothership began orbiting the planet. The Trace Gas orbiter will make its […]

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

It Seems NASA’s Mars Orbiter Found Crashed ExoMars Lander

Oct 21, 2016 @ 19:44 |  NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA’s ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module. Schiaparelli entered the martian atmosphere at 14:42 GMT on 19 October for its 6-minute descent to the […]

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