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The launch of ExoMars marked the high point of an intensive three-month launch preparation campaign that involved many teams from across Europe and beyond. As the mission now moves to a new phase – in-orbit commissioning and the interplanetary journey to the Red Planet – we close out this series of articles by catching up with three of the...
Published: 14 April 2016
In pictures: Proton-M rocket with ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli module at the launch pad
Published: 11 March 2016
In pictures: ExoMars 2016 spacecraft united with the Proton rocket.
Published: 7 March 2016
With less than two weeks until the launch of ExoMars 2016, preparations are proceeding well and the spacecraft composite has now been encapsulated within the launcher fairing at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Published: 3 March 2016
The ExoMars 2016 spacecraft composite, comprised of the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli, has been mated with the Breeze upper stage of the Proton rocket.
Published: 2 March 2016
In pictures: The ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter being fuelled at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Published: 23 February 2016
Today, the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli will place a long distance call, from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the mission operations centre in Germany. This is the final software check between the spacecraft and the operations centre before launch on 14 March.
Published: 17 February 2016
The Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli are now in their launch configuration. The ExoMars 2016 spacecraft will remain united until 16 October, when the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module will separate from the orbiter to descend to the surface of Mars.
Published: 16 February 2016
The finishing touches are being made to the protective heat shield of Schiaparelli before it is joined to the Trace Gas Orbiter.
Published: 12 February 2016
The hazardous task of fuelling Schiaparelli, the ExoMars 2016 entry, descent, and landing demonstrator module, has been safely completed at Baikonur. The module now has sufficient fuel on board to power the thrusters it will use while descending through the Martian atmosphere in October this year.
Published: 2 February 2016
One month ago, the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli (the entry, descent and landing demonstrator module) travelled aboard two Antonov 124 cargo jets from Turin, Italy, to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to be readied for launch in March.
Published: 22 January 2016
The better of two flight models of FREND, the Fine Resolution Epithermal Neutron Detector, has been installed on the Trace Gas Orbiter during the launch preparation activities in Baikonur.
Published: 22 January 2016
Schiaparelli has been mated, for the first time, with the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), in the Cannes facility of Thales Alenia Space (France).
Published: 21 April 2015
The protoflight model of Schiaparelli, also known as the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), has arrived at Thales Alenia Space (France) in Cannes and is ready for mating to the Trace Gas Orbiter.
Published: 7 April 2015
The Structural Model (SM) of the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM) has successfully completed its mechanical qualification testing.
Published: 17 October 2013
This is the first entry in the ExoMars 2018 Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the development, integration and testing of the ExoMars rover. The engineering prototype of the Sample Preparation and Distribution System has recently completed testing under simulated Martian conditions.
Published: 4 July 2013
This is the first entry in the ExoMars 2016 Test Campaign Journal, a series of articles covering the main events during the development, integration and testing of the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM). The Structural Model (SM) of the EDM has been delivered to ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands and some of the qualification testing has been performed.
Published: 8 April 2013
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