ExoMars – Moving on Mars
The ExoMars mission will see Rosalind Franklin the rover and its surface platform Kazachok land on the Red Planet in 2021. From fine-grained soil to large boulders and slopes, the rover has to be able to move across many types of terrain, collect samples with a 2 m-long drill and analyse them with instruments in its onboard laboratory.
This second episode about ExoMars features the challenges of leaving the surface platform, overcoming obstacles and walking on dunes.
ESA, Roscosmos, Thales, Airbus and RUAG engineers put a full-sized model through a series of tests to fine-tune how the rover will move from its landing platform onto the martian terrain.
Rovers on Mars have previously been caught in sand, and turning the wheels dug them deeper – just like a car stuck in mud or snow. To avoid this, Rosalind the rover has a unique locomotion mode called ‘wheel walking’.
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Great job and great mission 👍💪
I still think those wheels won’t last long on Mars.
Just curious, where's that lab located? Nice to see so much european cooperation, way to go 🙂
having worked on the Ma_Miss sprectrometer i'm excited to see the drill in action
And the parachute fail test, no GO mars in 2020
Oh wow ! Not only the wheels are amazing, but this walking system is pretty impressive, great job !
I m curious what happens when a small rock gets stuck inside the Rim of one of those wheels ???
….capable of drilling down to a depth of 6 feet…!! If it does not go well, I expect the crater it makes will be deeper than that…😂
good morning when will there be a mission to Uranus?
Science is awesome.
Go ESA and all the partners all over the world.
is it slow beacause of torque or terrain
Can't wait to see the European Rover on Mars to conduct researches & possibly find some form of life…it would be amazing!
why not launch a 4×4 jeep?