The European Mars rover was revealed last Thursday at a testing ground in Britain and it is intended to drill underneath the surface of the Red Planet in search of signs of life. It has been nicknamed Bryan by its inventors. One prior version was termed Bridget and was covered in a gold type material which made it look like a dazzling dune buggy and another one was named Bruno.
The inside landscape that the rover is on is about the size of a basketball court. It will test different types of systems that the rover will practice on before it goes to Mars.
The plan is to hopefully create the rover to be a self-sufficient robot vehicle which will be able to be set off for Mars in 2018 as a portion of the European Space Agency’s Mars space program. It is an aspiring plan that should start up in 2016 with the take-off of a Mars orbiter and presenter landing module.
The objective is to have samples of Mars brought back to Earth sometime in the 2020’s. The rover which is being created at the Airbus Space facility will be able to drill for sections and put them inside an aboard research laboratory. The evidence collected then can be sent back to the Earth.
The information communications might even hold proof that living entities on Mars have been discovered, stated Abbie Hutty, who works as an engineer in charge of helping make the rover become tough enough to handle to surface of the Red Planet. The rover’s drill has been designed to pierce down at least six feet under the surface, searching an area that is safeguarded from radiation and holding deposits of water deposits. Hutty explained that if there was any life on Mars, that would be where scientists would believe they would find it.
The rover would be able to communicate with supervisors back on Earth two times a day and also be able to use any communicated information to direct around Mars to go to new starting points. It would contain a multifaceted navigation system that would rely on a duo of cameras that were mounted on a pole. These would map out both the fastest and also the safest steering routes, figuring out which rocky regions the rover could handle and the ones that should be eluded.
However the rover will not be on the speedy side, its top range will only be around 210 feet per day. Also too with the huge distance that separates Mars and Earth means the robot will not be able to be controlled in real time. It will take commands over ten minutes to cross the space between the planets.
Like prior vehicles that have been sent to Mars, this newest rover will be free moving. The present rover, Curiosity, from the United States, has amazed the entire world with the pictures it has sent back. It is hoped this British rover will do the same.
The European Mars rover will hopefully take even better photographs than the U.S. version. It will also drill underneath the surface of the Red Planet in search of signs of life. It has been nicknamed Bryan by its inventors.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Washington Post