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Improved Phobos-Grunt Vehicle to Travel to Mars
24.03.2011 13:05
Improved Phobos-Grunt Vehicle to Travel to Mars

Russian engineers have made significant improvements to a space vehicle Phobos-Grunt, which should have been sent to Mars in 2009, but the launch was postponed till 2011.
      Engineers have improved the shape of a soil sample collecting manipulator. The vehicle was first equipped with a hand with a forceps-type holder, and now it has two hands with more than one holder type.
      Moreover, the vehicle also has a Polish penetrator for making rock fragments, convenient to bring back home to the researchers. Additional tests revealed defects in some equipment of the vehicle, and now all defects eliminated. The Phobos-Grunt vehicle will soon be tested in a thermal pressure chamber.
      The launch is scheduled for October-November 2011.
      Source: Science News
Author: Anna Kizilova


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