International, interplanetary and no interference! Mars Express calls up Spirit
ESA PR 10-2004. A pioneering demonstration of communications between the European Space Agencys Mars Express orbiter and NASAs Mars exploration rover, Spirit, has succeeded.
On 6 February, while Mars Express was flying over the area that Spirit is examining, the orbiter transferred commands from Earth to the rover and relayed data from the rover back to Earth.
“This was the first in-orbit communication between ESA and NASA spacecraft, and we have also created the first working international communications network around another planet,” said Rudolf Schmidt, ESAs Project Manager for Mars Express. “Both are significant achievements, two more firsts for Mars Express and the Mars exploration rovers.”
Jennifer Trosper, Spirit Mission Manager at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California, USA, said, “We have an international interplanetary communications network established at Mars.”
ESA and NASA planned this demonstration as part of continuing efforts to cooperate in space.
The commands for the rover were first transferred from Spirits operations team at JPL to ESAs European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, where they were translated into commands for Mars Express. The translated commands were transmitted to Mars Express, which used them to command Spirit. Spirit used its ultra-high-frequency antenna to transmit telemetry information to Mars Express, and the orbiter then relayed the data back to JPL via the European Space Operations Centre.
“This is excellent news,” said JPLs Richard Horttor, project manager for NASAs roles in Mars Express. “The communication sessions between Mars Express and Spirit were pristine. Not a single bit of data was missing or added, and there were no duplications.”
This exercise demonstrates the increased flexibility and capabilities of inter-agency cooperation and highlights the close mutual support that is essential when undertaking international space exploration.
More information on the ESA Mars Express mission can be found at http://mars.esa.int
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ESA Media Relations Division
NASA Headquarters, Washington DC
Tel: 001 202 358 1547
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
Tel: 001 818 354 5011
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