ExoMars is the first mission of the ESA program Aurora to enter the final development and realization phase. The ExoMars mission is composed of two parts:
For the 2016 mission:
For the 2018 mission:
For both missions the MOC will be at ESOC and the ground control systems will include the Roscosmos Deep Space Network and the ESA ESTRACK. In the 2018 Mission the rover operations will be managed by the Rover Operation Control Center (ROCC), located in ALTEC.
The picture contains an overview of the elements involved in the missions:
|The figure reported hereafter represents the ESA rover:
|The robotic rover will have the ability to operate autonomously in order to optimize available resources and maximize the scientific return that is also bound by the time window in which the mission will be accomplished. The robot, in fact, can only operate during the Martian day and will operate on the Martian surface in accordance to the mission planning defined on ground in the ROCC, in order to reach different points to perform the scientific activities.
For more on EXOMARS click here (ESA Site).
The Exomars 2018 mission is organized in the following phases :
Constrained by launch fixed date (2018).
|ALTEC has the responsibility to design, build and operate the control center for the ExoMars rover (Rover Operations Control Centre – ROCC) located at ALTEC. In addition to that ALTEC will perform remote support during launch, LEOP and Interplanetary cruise. The ROCC will host a team of engineers and scientists and will be the Centre which will be held in all the activities of operational control, engineering support and preliminary scientific analysis relevant to the operations of the rover on the Martian surface. It will be connected to other elements of the ground segment including:
|In ALTEC has been implemented an area for Mars terrain simulation, the so called Mars & Moon Terrain Demonstrator (MMTD), where the Rover models will be operative to verify some performance aspects, to evaluate possible command options and to support the analysis of anomaly situation potentially occurring on Martian surface.|
|Considering the importance of the ExoMars mission and the attention born into the adventure of the robotic exploration, ALTEC will develop initiatives and projects from the Control Centre in order to increase the interest of young people into scientific and technological issues as potential future stakeholders (scientists, engineers) of space missions.|
|Two technological reference scenarios are proposed to set a working framework for the STEPS technologies roadmaps:
|The ALTEC activities are mainly addressed to the following topics :
In the frame of STEPS project, a Mars Moon Terrain Simulator has been developed. This terrain simulator will be used to perform testing and verification activities of the developed elements in particular for the pressurized rover.
|PHOTO CREDITS; ESA/Thales Alenia Space|