ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter assembly

ExoMars_Trace_Gas_Orbiter_node_full_image_2To explore requires a strong backbone – and that goes double for space exploration. The 1.194 m-diameter 3.5-m high composite cylinder at the centre of this structure is the backbone of ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter core module, due for launch in 2016… The spacecraft is seen here during integration of its electrical subsystems in the cavernous Thales Alenia Space cleanroom in Cannes, France… The cylinder extends to the top of the core module, where the Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing demonstrator module will be held during the flight to Mars, before separating for landing. [More at link]

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