Who Killed Schiaparelli? Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

Nov 30, 2016, 05:44 AM

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Who Killed Schiaparelli? Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com

“…To complete the job, the ESA needs “a bit over €400 million for the project, which includes all the technical work needed to take the vehicle up to the launch phase,” David Parker, ESA’s Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration, told journalists by phone. Ministers from the 23 countries that underwrite Europe’s space program, including Canada, will decide whether to cover the cost overrun when they meet next Thursday and Friday in Lucerne, Switzerland. ESA president Jan Woerner warned earlier this month that the troubled ExoMars effort — previously budgeted at €1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) — would need “several hundred millions” of euros more to complete the job. Funding concerns have already delayed the rover’s launch by two years. After trawling through a mountain of data, the ESA said Thursday that the Schiaparelli lander failed when a computer measuring its rotation malfunctioned, knocking subsequent calculations off track. A parachute, a protective heat shield and braking thrusters all deployed far too soon as a result, causing the lander to fly into Mars at 540 kilometers per hour (335 miles per hour) instead of gently gliding to a stop.

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