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Europe's first Mars Rover and their sandy "playground"      
03 December 2014

Europe's first Mars Rover and their sandy "playground"

Europe’s first Mars rover will have an unmatched capability to autonomously navigate up to 70 metres a day with no outside guidance from ground control. The extended Mars Yard provides a realistic and representative Mars environment to allow the Guidance, Navigation and Control team of the ExoMars rover project to finalise the sophisticated autonomous navigation system. The Mars Yard will be used up until launch and will also be kept available after the rover has landed on the surface of Mars in 2019 – if necessary to address any problem by simulating the situation on Earth. Manufacture of the flight rover will begin early in 2015 after construction of an advanced clean room for interplanetary missions at Airbus Defence and Space’s Stevenage site. Mission launch is planned for 2018. More information:

09 April 2014

Press Launch of new Mars Yard

Airbus Defence and Space Press Launch of new Mars Yard. Stevenage, UK; 27 March 2014

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