"We have made a hard but well-considered decision to postpone the launch to 2022", Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said in a statement. The officials made their decision after determining that the agencies need more time to test the various aspects of the mission. "It is driven primarily by the need to maximize the robustness of all ExoMars systems, as well as by force majeure circumstances related to the exacerbation of the epidemiological situation in Europe, which left our experts with virtually no opportunity to travel to industries associated".
The unmanned ExoMars, whose mission is to land a robot on the Red Planet to seek out signs of life, was scheduled to launch later this year after experiencing several delays.
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"We want to make ourselves 100% sure of a successful mission. More verification activities will ensure a safe trip and the best scientific results on Mars", said ESA Director General Jan Wörner.
"We have made a hard but well-weighed decision to postpone the launch to 2022", Rogozin said in a statement.
"But of course now, in this situation, we see that the coronavirus has also an impact on the preparation, because people from different places of industry in Russian Federation, in Italy and France can not move easily as in the past, so therefore there is also an impact".
"I want to thank the teams in industry that have been working around the clock for almost a year to complete assembly and environmental testing of the whole spacecraft". The Kazachok landing platform is fully equipped with thirteen scientific instruments, and the Rosalind Franklin rover with its nine instruments recently passed final thermal and vacuum tests in France.More news: BC confirms 7 new COVID-19 cases, bringing province's total to 46
It is the latest setback for the ExoMars program, which saw the launch of an orbiter and a test lander in 2016.
The descent module has been undergoing tests in the the past month. Russian Federation is providing the launcher, the descent module and the landing platform for the mission, known as ExoMars.
The brand-new timetable predicts a launch in between August and October2022 Celestial auto mechanics specify that just reasonably brief launch home windows (10 days each) every 2 years exist in which Mars can be gotten to from Earth.
Although there are no "current" plans to push back the Perseverance rover's mission, which is expected to land on the Martian surface on February 18, 2021, NASA is also dealing with altered plans because of COVID-19.More news: U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Trump Administration on ‘Remain in Mexico’
In any case, getting all that to the surface requires a muddled landing framework, and the ExoMars crucial utilize two arrangements of parachutes.