The European Space Agency (ESA) recently launched its Mars rover. This is the sixth time that THE ESA has postponed the Mars exploration mission, called ExoMars, which has faced many inexplicable problems more than a decade since the project was launched in 2009.
As for the reason, it is all the more varied, either there is a technical level can not solve the thorny problem, or piles of piles to make themselves.
It’s not easy to send the rocket up in 2016, landing on Mars and having a program malfunction, the parachute didn’t open well, and directly came to the surface of Mars with out of shock- close contact.
Eventually the detector lost contact and the pilot died before.
Originally this year on time launch is no problem, happened to encounter the outbreak of new crown pneumonia, and put off the progress of the project for another two years.
Nor are they fishing (lazy), itself launched a rocket to Mars this thing is very time-picking, as we all know, the Earth around the sun is 365 days a year, and Mars around the sun a circle will take 687 days, close to the Earth’s two years.
This means that if you want to launch a rocket to Mars at the shortest distance, you have to get the best orbit every two years and have to wait two more years.
This year is exactly the launch year, in addition to ESA, including the United Arab Emirates, China, Russia, the United States and other mars exploration plans.
This makes the ESA’s situation a bit awkward, and their plans not only started early, but are slow, and spent almost a decade on rocket and rover upgrades, with little tangible scientific research (including Martian soil, climate analysis, etc.).
ESA, which is obsessed with optimizing the Mars rover, can only re-establish new plans to delay the launch.
It’s not a matter of money, ESA is second only to NASA (NASA) in the world, three times as much as our country, but it relies on NASA or the Russian space agency’s technology on some key technology nodes.
In nominal terms, technology sharing, but in the face of a more powerful NASA, ESA often plays the role of a wage-earners, in most cases, ESA providing manpower, technology, design, to help NASA with their projects, and often without them on the publication of scientific results.
The concept of a transit space station proposed by NASA and ESA. Tattoo
Give Big Brother a splash, it should be.
Help others do so much, the home ExoMars project is still in the stage of how to ensure the launch success rate, Curiosity has completed its own design life of two working cycles (more than 5 years on Mars), your side is still on Earth debugging the probe.
But no one can have a snack like this.
But some of ESA’s ideas are still very much in the stoic. For example, they had planned to build a man-to-man building on the moon, and they estimated that it might take two decades to build such a lunar settlement.
With a small robot, an automated operation can take just three months to complete a cave-like living environment.
It looks good, but the poor estimate is that sooner or later the plan will be NASA’s.
Speaking of which, ESA this chain drop is not the first time, counting the old accounts, but also once put China to pull down the water.
Around 2000, China’s satellite navigation technology has just started, Beidou satellite in the experimental stage, can only achieve regional coverage, can not be put into use.
At this time ESA is also studying Galileo navigation satellite, the overall progress is not as good as the United States GPS (Global Positioning System), just want to pull China into the whole.
China want siusah, you have the technology I have money, or first invest a 230 million euros when the franchise fee, you see enough?
The EU saw so much money green, and immediately agreed to come down.
Of course, it’s not that simple, and in order to get technical support from the Americans, the ESA agreed to fix the scheduled satellite communications frequency to ensure that it doesn’t crash with GPS, and on another condition – kicking China out.
In the face of interest, the ESA bureau, with its conscience, has black-out China’s money and wants to marginalise China in the Galileo project.
Stiffly, ESA did bad things, and galileo’s positioning system development has been unusually slow, slowtocing china’s second-generation Beidou navigation system.
Since you are not benevolent, then blame me, in 2007, China in order to catch up with Galileo, the Beidou 2 sent to heaven, directly using Galileo’s original planned band frequency, completed the first step of China’s satellite network.
But it is not too much for China, because now the rules in space, that is, who actually occupies who makes sense, otherwise we have already verbally occupied all the frequency bands.
This is a wake-up call is still dreaming of the Europeans, not only frequency was robbed, before China’s money also gave Hoho finished, just think of the negotiations with China, the use of the frequency of negotiations.
Before you occupy the pit not, hit teammates, now finally reflect the frequency is gone, Galileo to cool, show themselves, but also fantasize about others to hand over the initiative, on Nima outrageous.
In the face of this kind of banditry, China silently under the dumplings like a breath to the sky hit more than twenty satellites…
In the end, esA had to agree to share frequency with China and lose its voice.
Even last July, the Galileo system suffered a serious failure due to poor management, disrupting all satellite signals and paralysing the navigation system.
In the exploration of space this matter, in fact, we are very difficult, success and failure sometimes even a little bit of luck, and ESA as an organization of the European Union, really more, want to do something, not only their own internal to reach a unified opinion, but also to ask others to ask grandpa to tell their grandparents.
You say that ESA is neither poor money nor lack of technology, how can no one stand up and co-ordinate it? If there is such a “screw ingest brother”, want to come to ESA will not get stuck in this not-so-up position.
Look at spaceX next door, the old horse’s private company, the tin-skinned welding spot that dares to test the launch.
This ExoMars program is just another example of ESA’s many contradictions.
But in any case, the bad reviews feel they’re doing it any more, and 30 years from now Europeans will have to watch us and the Americans on live television talking and laughing on Mars…