Further discussions on the Mars exploration programme will take place in the context of the Ministerial in November 2022, where a full statement will be presented. ESA Council has mandated the Director General to terminate cooperation with Roscosmos on the ExoMars rover and surface platform.
Suspension of the ExoMars Programme
Vorticity is in step with ESA and fully supports the statement released by the Agency in March 2022. “An intergovernmental organisation mandated to develop and implement space programmes in full respect for European values, we deeply deplore the human casualties and tragic consequences of the aggression toward Ukraine. While recognising the impact on scientific exploration of space, ESA is fully aligned with the sanctions imposed on Russia by its Member States“.
ESA’s ruling Council, meeting in Paris on 16-17 March, assessed the situation arising from the war in Ukraine regarding ExoMars, and unanimously:
- acknowledged the present impossibility of carrying out the ongoing cooperation with Roscosmos on the ExoMars rover mission with a launch in 2022, and mandated the ESA Director General to take appropriate steps to suspend the cooperation activities accordingly;
- authorised the ESA Director General to carry out a fast-track industrial study to better define the available options for a way forward to implement the ExoMars rover mission.
European Space Agency Mars parachute tests
Vorticity’s team of experts lead the way with novel designs and new testing technologies in ESA’s seven-year project.
First Test Success For Largest Mars Mission Parachute
Vorticity leads the test team to deploy the largest parachute ever to fly on a Mars mission for the upcoming ExoMars mission that will deliver a rover and a surface science platform to the Red Planet.
International Planetary Probe Workshop 2019
Vorticity is delighted to announce that it will be co-hosting IPPW 2019 with the University of Oxford from the 6th to 12th July 2019.
For more information please refer to the IPPW 2019 website https://ippw2019.uk/