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

3 déc. 2014 Airbus DS


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.
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30 April 2014 UK Space Agency, Ministry of Defence, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Cabinet Office, James Brokenshire MP, Philip Dunne MP, The Rt Hon David Lidington MP, + others


Government policy on national space security outlining measures to take.


The National Space Security Policy sets out a coherent approach to the UK’s space security interests and outlines measures to make the United Kingdom more resilient to the risk of disruption to space services and capabilities, enhance our national security interests through space, promote a safe and more secure space environment and enable industry and academia to exploit science and grasp commercial opportunities.


National space security policy

Ref: UKSA/14/764 PDF, 353KB, 20 pages

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