The launch of the Rosalind Franklin rover, part of the ExoMars 2020 mission, will be implemented soon. Jonathan Amos, correspondent for the BBC broadcasting corporation, spoke about how the training is going on in the final stages.
The ExoMars 2020 mission is a joint project of the state corporation Roscosmos and the European Space Agency (ESA), which is scheduled to start in July 2020. Rosalind Franklin will fly to the Red Planet in a company with a Russian-made Kazachok landing platform. Currently, the rover is in a laboratory in the British Stevenage, owned by Airbus. Over the coming summer, the company's specialists will have to equip the spacecraft with the undercarriage, the PanCam camera system and other scientific instruments.
At the end of the summer, the assembled Rosalind Franklin will be sent to French Toulouse, where he will have to undergo a series of tests for resistance to vibration and sharp temperature changes, which will necessarily interfere with the apparatus during a long flight to the fourth planet of the Solar System.
After the tests are completed, the rover will be handed over to the specialists of Thales Alenia Space corporation, who will place the Rosalind Franklin and the Cossack in the flight module developed by the European multinational technology corporation OHB-System. Then, the ExoMars 2020 complete mission system will be sent to the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where prelaunch events will begin.
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