European-Russian ExoMars rover launch delayed to 2022 due to parachute problems

The heads of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, have decided to postpone this year’s launch of the ExoMars rover until 2022 due to technical issues.”This is a very tough decision, but it’s, I’m sure, the right one,” ESA Director General Jan Wörner said in a news conference at ESA’s headquarters in Paris today (March 12) after speaking with Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin.”We agreed together it’s better to go for success than just to go for launch at this time,” Wörner said. “Although we are close to launch readiness we cannot cut corners. Launching this year would mean sacrificing essential remaining tests.””We have made a difficult but well-weighed decision to postpone the launch to 2022. It is driven primarily by the need to maximise the robustness of all ExoMars systems as well as force majeure circumstances related to exacerbation of the epidemiological situation in Europe which left our experts practically no possibility to…



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