The first rover to explore the moon of Mars has begun testing. They will demonstrate the possibilities
The 25kg robot is part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2024. It will arrive at Mars in 2025.
Late 2026 or early 2027 MMX Rover,developed by a German-French team, will descend to the surface of Phobos with a diameter of 22 km, it is the largest of the two moons of Mars. The diameter of the smaller of them - Deimos - is 13 km.
The four-wheeled robot will land in freefalling from an estimated height of 40 to 100 m - this maneuver was simulated by the members of the mission team at the test site of the German Aerospace Center in Bremen.
“In the laboratory, we dropa preliminary model MMX Rover from a height of 5 cm on a variable surface at different angles, ”- said in a statement test leader Michael Lange of the Institute for Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems DLR - the German name for the German Aerospace Center.
This hit can hit any part of the MMX Roverin almost any orientation and include a collision with rock, the flight team members emphasize. Thus, they need to take into account the impact of any force on any surface of the device.
“The exact landing site on the surface of Phobos isa matter of chance, and we use these analyzes to prepare for various possible scenarios, ”said Michael Vrasmann of the DLR Space Systems Institute.
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