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Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module Science

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      Announcement of Opportunity for ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing
      Demonstrator Module Science

      European Space Agency
      30 Nov 2010

      ESA and NASA have today issued an announcement of opportunity for
      scientific investigations on the 2016 ExoMars Entry, Descent and Landing
      Demonstrator Module (EDM).

      This solicitation requests:

      1. Proposals from science teams to conduct scientific analyses on the
      data acquired by the EDM's Engineering Sensors during the entry and
      descent phases.

      2. Proposals for complete science investigations that include an
      integrated payload or a sensor to be accommodated as part of the
      integrated payload to be included in the EDM.

      The Joint Mars Exploration Programme by ESA and NASA comprises two
      missions for launch in 2016 and 2018. These missions will pursue
      important science objectives, such as investigating the Martian
      environment, and demonstrate new technologies paving the way for a
      future Mars sample return mission in the 2020's.

      The 2016 mission is led by ESA and launched by NASA. ESA will provide
      the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and the ExoMars EDM.

      The ExoMars EDM constitutes a technology platform whose main goal is to
      enable Europe to acquire the capability to land on Mars. Although
      designed to demonstrate entry, descent and landing technologies, the EDM
      also offers limited, but useful, science capabilities.

      The ExoMars Orbiter will carry and release the ExoMars EDM to perform a
      controlled landing on the surface of Mars. The EDM accommodates a series
      of sensors that will monitor the behaviour of all key technologies
      during the mission. These technologies include a special material for
      thermal protection, a parachute system, a radar Doppler altimeter
      system, and a braking system controlled by liquid propulsion. The data
      will be sent back to Earth for post-flight reconstruction in support of
      future European missions to Mars. The EDM will also deliver a small
      science package that will operate on the surface of Mars for a short
      duration after landing.

      ESA and NASA will conduct a joint evaluation of the proposals received
      in response to this announcement.

      All related documentation and submission forms can be accessed via this
      page.

      Schedule

      Due date for Notices of Interest 15 January 2011
      Due date for Proposals 1 March 2011

      Documentation

      1. Announcement of Opportunity
      Main document for this AO

      2. EDM Surface Payload Experiment - Proposal Information Package (E-PIP)
      Technical, managerial and programmatic data relevant to the AO for the
      Surface Payload on the ExoMars EDM

      3. EDM Science Proposal Template
      The proposal template is an aid to preparing proposals in response to
      this AO

      4. EDM Science Notice of Interest Template
      The Notice of Interest Template is an aid to preparing NOIs in response
      to this AO

      All the documentation can be downloaded from the right-hand menu. In
      addition, a number of technical reference documents are provided as
      support documentation. These are itemised in the 'List of support
      documentation' and can be downloaded as 3 zip files (see links in
      right-hand menu).

      Proposal submission

      Proposals must be submitted electronically.
      Click here to access the Notice of Interest submission form
      http://exploration.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=47941
      Click here to access the Proposal submission form
      http://exploration.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=47942


      Points of Contact

      ESA point of contact:
      Dr. Jorge L. Vago
      ExoMars Project Scientist
      ESA/ESTEC (SRE-SM)
      Noordwijk
      The Netherlands
      Tel: +31 71 565 5211
      Email: jorge.vago@...

      NASA point of contact:
      Dr. Philippe Crane
      Planetary Science Division
      Science Mission Directorate
      NASA Headquarters
      Washington, DC 20546-0001
      Tel: +1 202-358-0716
      Email: philippe.crane@...
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