ExoMars Flight Animation

Video Caption: Animation visualising milestones during the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission and its cruise to Mars. The mission comprises the Trace Gas Orbiter and an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, which are scheduled to be launched on a four-stage Proton-M/Breeze-M rocket from Baikonur during the 14–25 March 2016 window. About ten-and-a-half hours after launch, the spacecraft will separate from the rocket and deploy its solar wings. Two weeks later, its high-gain antenna will be deployed. After a seven-month cruise to Mars, Schiaparelli will separate from TGO on 16 October. Three days later it will enter the martian atmosphere, while TGO begins its entry into Mars orbit.

  • Aerospike

    Given the history of European and Russian exploration missions to Mars, I really hope for two things for ExoMars:
    a) that the Proton works without any anomalies! (*cough* Mars-96 *cough*)
    b) that Schiaparelli successfully touches down and all critical systems work as designed (unlike Beagle-2).

  • Larry J

    Mars is unforgiving, but many lessons have been learned and the success rate is improving.

  • I think it’s a mistake to use this launcher, but…

  • kentercat

    Typical Eurocrats – tell us all about getting there, and absolutely nothing about why you are going or what you will do there.
    Then again, as stated in the other comment, no sense getting excited until it arrives.

  • Aerospike

    This is not true, all the information that you complain is missing, has already been put out to the public by ESA. It is not their fault that you seem to have not been interested in the ExoMars program until now.