Modules of the project “ExoMars-2016″ successfully split before landing on the red planet, according to Roscosmos. Demonstration module Schiaparelli (“list”) separated from the orbital module
TGO (Trace Gas Orbiter) and started moving on the trajectory, which should lead to landing on the Red planet.
The Orbiter, TGO October 17, will perform a maneuver transition to hyperbolic with respect to Mars’s orbit on 19 October will begin braking maneuvers to exit
the orbit of the satellite of Mars, reports “Interfax”. The TGO will begin its scientific mission in late 2017, after a year of complex maneuvers.
Landing the landing module is planned on 19 October. Schiaparelli test a number of technologies that provide a controlled descent and landing on Mars in preparation for future missions. The module will enter the atmosphere at an altitude of about 122,5 km, at a speed of nearly 21,000 km/h at about 17:42 GMT. It will gradually decrease, and at an altitude of 11 km at a speed of 1650 km/h needs to open up the parachute. At the height of kilometer earn brake motors that should slow down and disconnect.
The module will begin transmitting a signal from the surface of Mars at approximately
17:48 GMT 19 Oct.
The signal from the lander will take and record
Mars probes Mars Express (ESA, during landing),
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (NASA, a few minutes after landing)
and TGO (during landing).
Reception and retransmission of the signal will provide TGO (until
exiting reception) and “Mars Express”.
Russian-European mission “ExoMars-2016″ was launched on 14 March
2016 launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome carrier rocket “proton-M” with
spacecraft within the orbital module TGO demonstration of the descent module Schiaparelli.