• A test campaign took place at the European Space Operations Center (ESOC/ESA) at Darmstadt last week (12-15 Feb). The goal was to assess the electromagnetic compatibility of the instrument with the ground stations which will track the signal emitted by LaRa from the surface of Mars. The tests were successful. The engineers at Antwerp Space (AWS) demonstrated that LaRa, powered by only 40 Watt (less than a traditional traditional bulb), to be provided by the Russian platform in which it will be integrated, will be able to communicate with Earth at a distance of more than 350 million kilometers.
  • AWS and ESA engineers and ROB scientists also assessed the quality of LaRa future measurements. Once again, the tests were conclusive since the EM performed better than required by the specifications.
  • On the eve of the signing of a contract for the phase C/D, the whole team of engineers and scientists gained confidence in the success of the experiment designed to reveal the interior of Mars. They will however stay alert, well aware of the many challenges that remain ahead before LaRa is set and ready, in a bit more than 1 year from now. After that, the instrument will be integrated to the ExoMars2020 platform and launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome.
  • General presentation on the LaRa project (ROB)
    • The LaRa consortium
    • Milestones and schedule
    • The challenges and current critical points of the project
    • Presentation on the LaRa design status
  • LaRa co-Is and their role in the project (ROB)
  • Scientific presentations (all)
  • Politic of publication