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ExoMars Atmospheric Mars Entry and Landing Investigations and Analysis (AMELIA)

Ferri, Francesca; Karatekin, Özgür; Lewis, Stephen R.; Forget, François; Aboudan, Alessio; Colombatti, Giacomo; Bettanini, Carlo; Debei, Stefano; Van Hove, Bart; Dehant, Veronique; Harri, Ari-Matti; Leese, Mark; Mäkinen, Teemu; Millour, Ehouarn; Muller-Wodarg, Ingo; Ori, Gian Gabriele; Pacifici, Andrea; Paris, Sebastien; Patel, Manish; Schoenenberger, Mark; Herath, Jeffrey; Siili, Tero; Spiga, Aymeric; Tokano, Tetsuya; Towner, Martin; Withers, Paul; Asmar, Sami and Plettemeier, Dirk (2019). ExoMars Atmospheric Mars Entry and Landing Investigations and Analysis (AMELIA). Space Science Reviews, 215(1) pp. 1–21.

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The entry, descent and landing of Schiaparelli, the ExoMars Entry, descent and landing Demonstrator Module (EDM), offered a rare (once-per-mission) opportunity for in situ investigations of the martian environment over a wide altitude range. The aim of the ExoMars AMELIA experiment was to exploit the Entry, Descent and Landing System (EDLS) engineering measurements for scientific investigations of Mars’ atmosphere and surface. Here we present the simulations, modelling and the planned investigations prior to the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) event that took place on 19th October 2016. Despite the unfortunate conclusion of the Schiaparelli mission, flight data recorded during the entry and the descent until the loss of signal, have been recovered. These flight data, although limited and affected by transmission interruptions and malfunctions, are essential for investigating the anomaly and validating the EDL operation, but can also contribute towards the partial achievement of AMELIA science objectives.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 Springer Nature B.V.
ISSN: 0038-6308
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
(Aurora Studentship) Martian Regional Dust Storms: Implications for Entry, Descent and LandingST/M00306X/1UK Space Agency (UKSA)
Characterizing the Martian water cycle by assimilating ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter dataST/R001405/1UKSA UK Space Agency
Keywords: Mars; Entry Descent and Landing (EDL); Dynamical models; Trajectory Attitude; Atmospheric investigations
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Space
Item ID: 58730
Depositing User: Stephen Lewis
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2019 10:43
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2019 19:23
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