Russia and Europe Discussing Joint ExoMars Project
The final project of the Russian-European ExoMars mission is due to be approved by the European Space Agency (ESA). This was stated by NPO Lavochkin Director General Viktor Khartov.
It’s worth noting that the ExoMars project involves launching a satellite and a rover to Mars in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
“We are currently discussing the final project with our European partners. We have managed to overcome technical and organizational issues and have already agreed upon all the design decisions concerning weight and size characteristics and scientific equipment. The project is now being coordinated by the European Space Agency,” Mr. Khartov said, adding that the project is likely to be approved on December 2.
According to previous reports, Russia will provide its Proton-M rocket and some scientific instruments for the missions to be conducted in 2016 and 2018, as well as create a lander for the second mission.