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ExoMars Rover: Engineering for the Red Planet


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ExoMars is Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars – a mission in search of life, past or present, to answer one of mankind’s big questions: are we alone in the Universe? Abbie Hutty, Platform Delivery Manager for the rover, will talk through what the mission’s aims and objectives are, what some of the major challenges and design drivers of a mission to Mars are, and how the team are engineering solutions to meet those challenges.

Date and Time

19 July 2017 - 18:30-20:00


Guildford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Robotics & Mechatronics TPN. Contact Gemma Hadley at ghadley@theiet.org or on 01438 767621 for more information.

About this event

Establishing if life ever existed on Mars is one of the outstanding scientific questions of our time. To address this important goal, the European Space Agency (ESA) has established the ExoMars programme. This programme comprises two missions; one consisting of the Trace Gas Orbiter plus an Entry, Descent and landing demonstrator known as Schiaparelli, both of which arrived at Mars in October 2016. The other part of the mission, the main surface exploration mission featuring Europe’s first Mars rover, has a launch date of 2020.

The 2020 mission will deliver a European rover, built in the UK by Airbus Defence and Space, and a Russian surface platform, to the surface of Mars. The ExoMars rover will travel across the Martian surface to search for signs of life. It will collect samples with a drill and analyse them with next-generation instruments. ExoMars will be the first mission to combine the capability to move across the surface and to study Mars at depth.

This event has been organised as part of the 18th Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) Conference which is being held at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK on the 19 - 21 July 2017.


Registration 18:30

Lecture 19:00 - 20:00

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.


Free of charge.

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Speaker biography - Abbie Hutty


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