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.