Schiaparelli EDM lander - Wikipedia
Telemetry signals from Schiaparelli , monitored in real time by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope in India and confirmed by Mars Express , were lost about one minute from the surface during the final landing stages. The Schiaparelli Entry, Descent, and Landing Demonstrator module is named for Giovanni Schiaparelli — , an astronomer active in the 19th century who made Mars observations. Other things named for Schiaparelli include the main-belt asteroid Schiaparelli ,  named on 15 September M.
The EDM traces itself back to the ESA Aurora programme , which has the goal of human exploration of space, and thus producing missions that are building blocks to support this goal. The ExoMars scientific objectives are: An important date in its development was , when the ESA council approved million Euros for a Mars rover and static lander.
An older iteration of the static lander was planned to carry a group of eleven instruments collectively called the "Humboldt payload",  that would be dedicated to investigate the geophysics of the deep interior. But a payload confirmation review in the first quarter of resulted in a severe de-scope of the lander's instruments, and the Humboldt suite was cancelled.
The data obtained from Schiaparelli are expected to provide ESA and Roscosmos with the technology for landing on the surface of Mars with a controlled soft landing, key technologies for the ExoMars rover mission.
The launch occurred at The TGO entered Mars' orbit and it will undergo several months of aerobraking to adjust its speed and orbit, with science activities beginning in late The landing site chosen was Meridiani Planum, a Martian plain prized by Mars landers for its flat terrain and low elevation that gives a spacecraft time and distance to slow down before reaching the ground.
The landing was planned to take place on Meridiani Planum  during the dust storm season, which would have provided a chance to characterise a dust-loaded atmosphere during entry and descent, measure the dust's static electricity charge —typically produced by friction— and to conduct surface measurements associated with a dust-rich environment.
Global dust storms have occurred at least nine times since including , , , and ; the dust storms nearly ended the functioning of the solar-powered U. Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. After slowing its initial entry through the atmosphere, the module deployed a parachute and was to complete its landing on retrorockets by using a closed-loop guidance, navigation and control system based on a Doppler radar altimeter sensor, and on-board inertial measurement units.
Throughout the descent, various sensors recorded a number of atmospheric parameters and lander performance. The final stages of the landing were to be performed using pulse-firing liquid-fuel engines or retrorockets. About two metres above ground, the engines were designed to turn off and let the platform land on a crushable structure, designed to deform and absorb the final touchdown impact.
The Opportunity rover was operating in the region and the two teams worked together to attempt to image the EDM on its descent, which depending on conditions might be possible especially if the EDM "went long" in its landing ellipse. However, the rover attempting to image the lander during its descent was reported not to have viewed the lander, according to early analysis. EDL summary as planned: Contact was lost with the module 50 seconds before the planned touch-down.
The Schiaparelli lander attempted an automated landing on 19 October , but the signal was unexpectedly lost a short time before the planned landing time. However, the lander's inertial measurement unit , which measures rotation, became saturated unable to take higher readings for about one second. This saturation, coupled with data from the navigation computer, generated an altitude reading that was negative, or below ground level.
This caused the premature release of the parachute and back shell. The braking thrusters then fired for about three seconds rather than the expected 30 seconds, followed by the activation of ground systems as if the vehicle had already landed. In reality, it was still at an altitude of 3.
Although the lander crashed, ESA officials declared Schiaparelli a success because it had fulfilled its primary function of testing the landing system for the ExoMars surface platform and returning telemetry data during its descent. An investigation that concluded in May revealed that, at that time, the lander deployed its parachute and then began spinning unexpectedly fast.
This superfast rotation briefly saturated Schiaparelli 's spin-measuring instrument, which resulted in a large attitude-estimation error by the guidance, navigation and control-system software.
This resulted in the computer calculating that it was below ground level, triggering the early release of the parachute and backshell, a brief firing of the thrusters for only 3 seconds instead of 30 seconds, and the activation of the on-ground system as if Schiaparelli had landed. Images of module's crash site suggested that a fuel tank may have exploded asymmetrically in the impact. By taking more images using a technique called super-resolution reconstruction SRR the resolution can be improved, and this was done for the formerly lost Beagle 2 probe.
The primary mission goal was to test the landing systems, including the parachute, Doppler radar altimeter, hydrazine thrusters, etc. The lander was to measure the wind speed and direction, humidity, pressure and surface temperature, and determine the transparency of the atmosphere. A descent camera DECA was included in the payload. INRRI was mounted to the top zenith side of the lander, to enable spacecraft above to target it.
The design used a cube corner reflector to return incoming laser light. The cubes are made of fused silica which are mounted to an aluminum support structure. The DREAMS payload was intended to function for 2 to 8 Mars days as an environmental station for the duration of the surface mission after landing.
In addition, the MetHumi sensor was intended to complement MicroARES measurements with critical data about humidity, to enable scientists to better understand the dust electrification process.
Atmospheric electricity on Mars is still unmeasured, and its possible role in dust storms and atmospheric chemistry remains. It has been speculated that atmospheric static electricity may have played a role in the inconclusive results from the Viking lander life experiments , which were positive for metabolizing microbial life, but no organic compounds were detected by the mass spectrometer. It was intended to deliver additional context information and exact location data in the form of images.
Another surface experiment that was focused on dust was the Materials Adherence Experiment on the Mars Pathfinder lander, about twenty years prior to ExoMars. The purpose of this transfer delay was to protect the spacecraft and data from electrostatic discharges. The main goals for DECA included: Because the Schiarapelli demonstrator lander transmitted during its descent, a great deal of telemetry was successfully returned.
At one point, Roscosmos offered to contribute a watt radioisotope thermoelectric generator RTG power source for the EDM lander to allow it to monitor the local surface environment for a full Martian year,   but because of complex Russian export control procedures, it later opted for the use of a non-rechargeable electric battery with enough power for 2 to 8 sols.
Schiaparelli had a UHF radio to communicate with Mars orbiters. The communication system standard at Mars is the Electra radio, in use since the arrival of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in On 19 October it took 9 minutes and 47 seconds for a radio transmission to travel at roughly the speed of light from Mars to Earth.
A disk-band-gap parachute was deployed by a pyrotechnic mortar. ExoMars would go on being financially supported by the ESA.
After the many challenging, difficult and rewarding moments of , this is a great relief and a fine result for European space exploration,.. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. View of Meridiani Planum by the Opportunity rover in , an area favored by probe landings for its smooth dunes and mostly boulder-free plains. Another view of Meridiani Planum by the Opportunity rover. Bopolu crater rim is in the distance, also south of the Schiaparelli landing zone. Here is he MSL entry vehicle during the parachute phase of its descent.
Schiaparelli was designed to deploy its parachute at 11 km above Mars. Here is the MSL entry vehicle ejecting its heat shield over Mars. Depiction of the EDM during the rocket-assisted descent portion of its Mars landing. Schiaparelli is unusual by carrying only non-rechargeable batteries, so its active life will be limited to only a few Martian days.
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