In Russia, the first test of a Martian lander
In the framework of the Russian-European space mission "exomars" planned for the next 3-5 years, it was already a mass of testing in preparation for the large-scale flight. And perhaps one of the most important experiments took place a few days ago. In the assembly shop Lavochkin experienced landing module for landing on Mars.
As the Lavochkin's press service, during the first stage it has been tested the quality of the module assemblies, Inspect the installation of scientific equipment units, pipeline construction and propulsion elements check for tightness. As part of a series of tests planned 4 more stages to validate design decisions and, if necessary, changes will be made. You will need to check the product manufacturability, docking units and other components of the module.
On the Russian Mars landing platform will be fitted with scientific instruments for the study of the environment, the soil and the structure of the Red Planet. Research will begin immediately after the delivery platform and the rover on the surface of Mars.
According to the project plan, the final production of modules and components for it, as well as the construction of the rover should take place by 2021. Up to this point it will be carried out as a series of tests of spacecraft and equipment for the study of the fourth planet from the sun.