In this image, from September 28, 2019, engineers and technicians working on the assembly and testing of the Mars 2020 spacecraft look at how the crane lifts the rocket launch from the dam. They have just passed a successful separation test at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.
"The firing of pyrotechnic devices, holding together the stage on the rover and the descent and then conducting a post-test inspection of the two vehicles, was a whole-day affair," said Ryan van Schilifgaarde, a Mars 2020 mounting engineer at JPL. "After that, the trials behind us, on the rover and the descent, will go their separate ways for a while. The next time they are attached, they will be on the Cape next spring during the final build."
Both stage and rover and descent will depart for Cape Canaveral, Florida, this winter. This will include a test battery on the Mars 2020 rover, including an evaluation of its computers and mechanical systems in Mars. Called the surface thermal test, it involves exposing a Mars car to the size of a car at atmospheric pressure and temperatures similar to those it would encounter on the Red Planet.
JPL builds and manages the Mars 2020 rover for NASA. The rover will launch the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket in July 2020 from the space launch facility 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The NASA Services Launcher, based in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is responsible for managing the launch.
NASA Mars 2020 Rover Trials Split Descent (October 5, 2019)
received October 6, 2019
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