Europe's ExoMars program has already kicked off with the Trace Gas Orbiter, currently manoeuvring downward to its final science orbit. But ExoMars is not limited to a single mission. By 2020, ESA hopes to launch the first European rover to the Red Planet. Abbie Hutty, a Lead Spacecraft Structures Engineer, comes on to talk about what it takes to design, test and build a rover chassis, from wheels to mast, and what this rover means in the broader view of Mars exploration and international cooperation.
Abbie's Twitter Account
ESA's ExoMars 2020 Mission Overview (check sidebar for more)
Animation showing surface operations
An older test showing the flexible metal wheels of ExoMars
The opening of the Mars Yard at Stevenage, featuring Abbie herself
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