China eyes July 20-25 launch for Mars rover

Pablo Tucker
July 2, 2020

The Perseverance rover is powered by what NASA calls a radiation-hardened central processor with PowerPC 750 architecture; a BAE RAD 750.

Almost three weeks after it delayed the launch of its next Mars rover, NASA has pushed it back again, citing "launch vehicle processing delays".

The rover's name, Perseverance, has taken on added meaning in the last few months, according to NASA officials, who say COVID-19 presented new hurdles.

NASA Mars 2020 rover
NASA’s Perseverance rover

The launch window is determined by the alignment of the Earth and Mars, with lift-off scheduled to ensure the shortest possible travel time between the two planets. Mars 2020 is the beginning of a Mars Sample Return campaign that will feature two missions launching in 2026 to collect the samples, launch them into Martian orbit and return them to Earth. The rover is expected to land in the Jezero crater on Mars, though it isn't clear if it'll be able to follow the earlier plan of landing on February 18, 2021. The NASA Mars 2020 mission, which was scheduled to liftoff on July 22, will launch "no earlier than" July 30th. If NASA misses the chance to launch Perseverance this summer, the agency would have to wait until 2022 to try again.

The launch team conducted the wet dress rehearsal, a comprehensive countdown practice session with Mars 2020's United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 22.

This problem occurred during a test run on 22 July. During this, they received faulty data from the sensors set up to monitor the level of liquid oxygen.

This isn't the first delay.

Due to processing delays in preparations to unite me with the rocket, my first launch attempt will be no earlier than July 30.

Perseverance is equipped with a piece of next-gen technology that enables the facility of autopilot mode.

The Red Planet is out there waiting for us to lay foot on it or even colonize the space object.

On Tuesday, the place company explained it experienced prolonged the launch window to August 15 and will study no matter whether the launch window can be prolonged a number of much more times into August. NASA has been working on it for many years now and all the pieces need to come together to make it a success. It is an important mission as it also helps to understand the planet's geological history as well.

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