The UK’s robotic Mars rover ‘Rosalind Franklin’ will land on the surface of the Red Planet with the help of 115-foot parachutes in early 2023.
The UK’s robotic Mars rover ‘Rosalind Franklin’ is all set to land on the surface of the Red Planet in 2023 after a successful test at the Oregon desert. The tests included 115-foot parachutes that will deliver the UK’s first-ever Mars rover to the Red Planet.
The team which worked on the tests said the full-scale high altitude drop test of the parachutes, falling from 28.96 km above the desert, worked as expected.
The Mars rover ‘Rosalind Franklin’ was supposed to be launched earlier this year but the launch was postponed due to the novel coronavirus.
The launch of the second Mars mission was initially planned for July or August of this year. But the two space agencies said they were now postponing its launch until a date between August and October 2022.
The mission plans to place a rover vehicle, the Rosalind Franklin, on the surface of the red planet to help scour it for signs of past life.
Now, the UK’s Mars rover will be launched in September 2022 and will land on the surface of the Red Planet in early 2023.
Rosalind Franklin is one of three Martian rovers that are either on their way to the Red Planet or due to launch in the next two years. The other rovers are Nasa’s Perseverance and China’s Tianwen-1. They were launched this year and are expected to land on Mars in February 2021.
The first parachute will open when the module slows down from 13,048mph to 1,056mph. About 20 seconds later, the second parachute will open. When they are only 0.8 km away from the surface, the breaks will kick in and land the rover on Mars’s surface.
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