Stevenage, 20 August 2019 – One of the key instruments on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ExoMars rover, the Panoramic Camera (PanCam) has been fitted and integrated in the Airbus bio-burden cleanroom in Stevenage.
Designed and built by University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) in an international partnership, and including the High Resolution Camera provided by DLR, the PanCam will be the scientific eyes of the rover when it lands on Mars in spring 2021.
The high resolution camera will take 3D images to be used by the autonomous navigation system on the rover. Images will be sent back to the Rover Operation Control Center for the scientific team to choose a location and then the rover, Rosalind Franklin, will determine its own safe path to travel there. The PanCam will also give textural information for example, laminations or pitting, which could be related to the presence of organisms.
The PanCam will also observe atmospheric phenomena such as Mars’ famous dust devils and water in the atmosphere.
Colin Paynter, Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space UK said: "ExoMars is Europe's latest flagship space mission and Airbus is at the heart of it. Today's installation in Stevenage of the powerful PanCam, which will not only provide 3D images of...