First test of the new NASA Rover has completed successfully

According to current NASA plans, the new device should be sent to Mars in July 2020. The aim of the new Rover will be to search for answers to one of the key questions about the red planet was Mars habitable in the past? To solve this mystery machine will be equipped with a drill, which is planned to collect soil samples. In addition, the new Rover will have the tools to test new methods of production of oxygen from carbon dioxide contained in the atmosphere of the red planet.

However, to successfully accomplish the mission, the Rover should start successfully reach the surface of our planetary neighbor and to land in the crater Lake. As reported on the official website of NASA, the whole process of landing takes about seven minutes. And he will be, perhaps, one of the most difficult challenges will have to face a new mobile science lab, because at this point, all the landing control will be held in offline mode. The computer apparatus will have to perform a total of 27 000 various operations and calculations in order to safely land a 1050-pound Rover. During this time the team will not be able to intervene in the process of landing. On the Ground experts to get only information about successful or unsuccessful landing.

Landing platform for Mars 2020 Rover

Time before the start of the mission left not so much, so professionals need to better prepare for your upcoming test apparatus in the field. This is currently at the jet propulsion Laboratory, NASA conducted simulation started testing the upcoming landing. During the first test, Systems Test 1 (ST1) engineers for two weeks has launched the electronic system of the Rover and tested the software of the apparatus in different simulated situations within the framework of his trip to Mars. Overall, as noted on the website space Agency, the test was considered a success, however, the specialists drew attention to a number of things that can be improved.

Before starting the Mars 2020 Rover, which is scheduled for July 17, 2020 with the help of the carrier rocket Atlas 541, the engineers plan to conduct more than one such other checks.

“In future trials, for example, the Rover was placed in a thermal chamber inside which is a simulated environment which meets the conditions of being on the surface of the red planet. In conditions of very low and high temperatures the device must perform a number of tasks,” says Heather Bott, system engineer Mars 2020 mission from the jet propulsion Laboratory of NASA.

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