Watch ExoMars Launch Live on Monday

Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli mated to Breeze upper stage. (Credit: ESA - B. Bethge)
Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli mated to Breeze upper stage. (Credit: ESA – B. Bethge)

PARIS (ESA PR) — Livestreaming of the ExoMars launch will begin on 14 March at 08:30 GMT (09:30 CET). Regular text updates will be provided here.

Launch is scheduled for 09:31 GMT (10:31 CET) on 14 March with first acquisition of signal expected at around 21:29 GMT (22:29 CET).

Follow @ESA_ExoMars, @esaoperations and @esascience on twitter for additional #ExoMars coverage. Once mission controllers have established contact with TGO following acquisition of signal, the @ESA_TGO Twitter account will become active.

Provisional schedule

08:30 GMT / 09:30 CET Morning programme, including live launch coverage

11:00 GMT / 12:00 CET Afternoon programme, including regular live updates on the status of the mission, a series of dedicated presentations on the scientific goals and operational challenges and milestones of the ExoMars missions, and informal question and answer sessions

21:10 GMT / 22:10 CET Evening programme, including confirmation of spacecraft separation, solar array deployment and first acquisition of signal

21:45 GMT /22:45 CET End of event

Times subject to change.

  • TimR

    Anything Russky does not mix with Mars. Good luck to ESA but the chances are not good. 😉

  • Christian Rau

    I’m really exited. The mission is gonna be really cool!

  • Mike Richards

    ESA’s Mars Express was launched by a Soyuz/Fregat and is working just fine.

  • TimR

    Yes, but the lander landed and never phoned home. The Russian jinx. Yes, Express has done exceptionally well in orbit.

  • Kapitalist

    Yeah, it’s been a fantastic failure for them during 50 years. On top of that, Proton has been the most failed launcher in recent years. But it is encouraging that India succeeded on first attempt and with a very tight mass budget.

  • Aerospike

    The launch went well and 2 of 4 burns of the Breeze-M upper stage have been completed as well. Fingers crossed for the remaining 2 burns to happen as planned and good luck for TGO on its journey to Mars! 🙂

  • Aerospike

    Update: Third burn completed as well! One more to go 🙂

  • Aerospike

    Update: 4th burn complete and separation confirmed. a few more minutes until (hopefully) acquisition of signal.

  • Aerospike

    signal confirmed! ExoMars TGO on it’s way to the red planet! yay!