Aerospace firm Airbus has been awarded a £3.nine million (about $five.two million, AU$seven million) contract to structure a new Mars rover.
The short came from the European Space Agency (ESA), with the aim of accumulating and transporting soil samples still left by the planned 2020 Mars rover – also presently in building between ESA and Airbus.
The new rover will be made at Airbus’s site in the United kingdom town of Stevenage, just north of London, and is another boon to the UK’s burgeoning space sector, which is now worth an estimated £13.seven billion to the nation’s economic system.
United kingdom Science Minister Sam Gyimah praised “the extraordinary new venture, which will see samples introduced again from Mars to Earth for the initial time ever”, and which “demonstrated Britain’s entire world-primary scientific and engineering innovation”.
Sky’s the limit
Airbus is most likely recognised greatest as a manufacturer of civilian airplanes, nevertheless the Netherlands-based firm has used its aeronautics know-how to develop into the helicopter market and open up a Defence and Space division.
ESA have collaborated previously with Airbus on a wide variety of satellite methods and cargo spacecraft, as effectively as exploration missions to both of those Mars and Venus. Other assignments in-advancement incorporate a sunlight-observing satellite (Photo voltaic Orbiter) and a in close proximity to-infrared telescope for observing dark make a difference.