January 27, 2021

Rover that will explore the moon of another planet explores the Landing tests

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Every day, space studying moves to a better place with the high-level of technology. The first existing Rover attempting to explore the moon of a different planet recently started practicing for its operation. The Rover is expected to come down in a few years, late 2026 or early 2027. This robot is estimated to weigh at least 25 Kg and is an innovation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Its development stages are thanks to the German-French team. The famous MMX rover will descend to Phobos surface at an area coverage of 22 kilometers.

This four-wheeled robot will explore the moon in freefall and a height ranging from 40 and 100 meters. The people in charge of the mission have started the landing and mobility test of the Rover. Michael Lange, the robot’s test manager, stated that they were expected to drop the preliminary model’s height from 2 inches to an easy to change surface under different angles. 

He explained how the MMX rover functions since Phobos has the Earth’s gravity of its surface approximately at two thousandths. And the fact that the project can simulate the impact’s intensity in regards to the rover structure. This impact ought to hit the MMX Rover in different orientations, and in other cases, it may include a jutting rock collision. 

DLR Institute of Space Systems, Michael Wrasmann stated that the exact location of Rover’s landing on Phobos’ surface is by chance. He also noted that these analyses would help prepare for a variety of scenarios that may occur. The Rover team includes computer modelling technology and other drop tests that will help settle for the final design of the MMX Rover, which is meant to be less than 2 feet long.

MMX Rover’s main goal is to clarify the start and evolution of the Phobos and Deimos, a mystery for years that ought to be solved. There are different theories about the two moons, and the MMX Rover has a dream of clearing the doubts and give factual details. It has a sample-return mission where the spacecraft will travel to Mars Orbiter and bring a sample from Phobos for studying on Earth. However, the MMX Rover will not be returning to Earth; instead, it will gather data for 100 days on Earth and remain in Mars orbit after its operation.

This project is a collaboration between JAXA, DLR, and CNES.  The agents are working together to achieve an extensive exploration of planet Mars orbit. Many space watchers are looking forward to the result of the MMX Rover. And whether it will succeed in its mission is something that only time can tell. 


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