ESA Hold Meeting To Weigh Report Of Schiaparelli Crash On Mars

Posted: Nov 8 2016, 4:30am CST | by , Updated: Nov 8 2016, 4:32am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

ESA Hold Meeting to Weigh Report of Schiaparelli Crash on Mars
  • Important Meeting held to Determine Cause of Mars Crash
 

An important meeting was held to determine the exact cause of the Mars crash. ESA engineers are actually close to identifying the cause of the Schiaparelli lander crash on Mars.

The ESA’s director expected a report on the matter regarding the Mars crash which took place recently. The main focus was on how the probe gauged sensor readings during its hopelessly tragic descent to the Martian surface.

The thing was that the Schiaparelli’s parachute and rocket did not behave in the proper way they should have. This resulted in a SNAFU of sorts. The parachute didn’t open in the nick of time and the rocket fired for a brief time only.

As for the computer which was on board, it had certain glitches while collecting information from various sources. Also the altitude could not be judged with accuracy.

Due to all this, the engines were activated for only three seconds and this proved catastrophic. As for the parachute, it was deployed and everything seemed to be going hunky dory until a snag occurred.

What exactly transpired is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The ESA is currently examining the telemetry. This was something which was sent in the form of signals right till the point when the crash occurred.

The meeting which is to take place on 21st and 22nd November, will review the ExoMars program. This is a joint venture between the ESA and Russia.

The aim is Mars and its wonders which remain pretty much unexplored. At the top of the list of projects is a six-wheeled rover which will be sent to the Red Planet.

Some of Schiaparelli’s technology will get utilized for this purpose. A very precision-based insight is needed to get to the bottom of what went wrong. The biggest issue right now is that the rover is too costly. 

An additional $330 million to $440 million are required to see to it that the rover reaches the surface of Mars, according to BBC. Unless the funds are generated in the nick of time, this whole project could go into the dustbin of history.

The member states of the ESA will have to commit themselves to providing the necessary financial assistance. Yet even at the meeting which is due soon, not everything will be settled in a final manner.

A lot of loose ends remain even now. The whole scheme requires extensive long-range planning and that cannot be achieved in a matter of days.

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