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NASA's MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly, Begins Environmental Testing


NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is assembled and is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colo. MAVEN is the next mission to Mars and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

 During the environmental testing phase, the orbiter will undergo a variety of rigorous tests that simulate the extreme temperatures, vacuum and vibration the spacecraft will experience during the course of its mission. Currently, the spacecraft is in the company's Reverberant Acoustic Laboratory being prepared to undergo acoustics testing that simulates the maximum sound and vibration levels the spacecraft will experience during launch.

 Following the acoustics test, MAVEN will be subjected to a barrage of additional tests, including: separation/deployment shock, vibration, electromagnetic interference/electromagnetic compatibility and magnetics testing. The phase concludes with a thermal vacuum test where the spacecraft and its instruments are exposed to the vacuum and extreme hot and cold temperatures it will face in space.

 "The assembly and integration of MAVEN has gone very smoothly and we're excited to test our work over the next six months," said Guy Beutelschies, MAVEN program manager at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. "Environmental testing is a crucial set of activities designed to ensure the spacecraft can operate in the extreme conditions of space."

 "I'm very pleased with how our team has designed and built the spacecraft and science instruments that will make our measurements," said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN principal investigator fr om the University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. "We've got an exciting science mission planned, and the environmental testing now is what will ensure that we are ready for launch and for the mission."

 MAVEN is scheduled to ship from Lockheed Martin's facility to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in early August, wh ere it will undergo final preparations for launch.

 MAVEN, scheduled to launch in November 2013, is a robotic exploration mission to understand the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. It will investigate how much of the Martian atmosphere has been lost over time by measuring the current rate of escape to space and gathering enough information about the relevant processes to extrapolate backward in time.

 "This phase of the program is particularly important in that it will provide us with a good assessment of the MAVEN system's capabilities under the simulated extremes of the space environment," said David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Of significance, the spacecraft is entering system level test right on schedule, while maintaining robust cost and schedule reserves to deal with the technical or programmatic surprises that could occur during test or in the run to launch. Tracking on plan is critically important to being ready for launch later this year and the science that MAVEN will deliver one year later."

 MAVEN's principal investigator is based at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. The university will provide science operations, science instruments and lead Education/Public Outreach. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center manages the project and provides two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California at Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory provides science instruments for the mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., provides navigation support, the Deep Space Network and the Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.

 For more information on MAVEN, visit:

ЦитатаНачались испытания исследовательского зонда Maven
10 Февраля - 0:47

Представители Национального управления по исследованию космического пространства (НАСА) заявили, что монтаж марсианского исследовательского зонда Maven завершен, и теперь специалисты приступают к наземным испытаниям аппарата.

Основной целью проекта Maven, к реализации которого специалисты НАСА приступили еще в 2010 году, является выяснение причин, вследствие которых Марс утратил основную часть своей атмосферы. Сборкой всех узлов исследовательского аппарата, занимались инженеры компании Lockheed Martin, которые и начнут первый комплекс испытаний.

Теперь Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (Maven) будет подвергаться воздействию вибрации, резкой перемене высоких и низких температур, космической радиации и перегрузкам. После окончания первого комплекса тестовых проверок, исследовательский зонд перевезут в центр НАСА, где и будет проведена окончательная подготовка к старту.

Запуск зонда Maven запланирован на конец текущего года.

Используя возможности зонда, ученые рассчитывают получить данные о скорости утраты атмосферы красной планетой, в надежде заглянуть в историю Марса.

"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"


Интересно, какие будут параметры оптики? Разрешение, к примеру с высоты 129 км

Жизнь - это падение в пропасть неизвестной глубины и заполненную туманом.


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Интересно, какие будут параметры оптики? Разрешение, к примеру с высоты 129 км
На нем нет камер для фотографирования Марса.


21.03.2013 19:26:45 #45 Последнее редактирование: 21.03.2013 18:28:39 от instml
Go to Mars with MAVEN

Join us as we learn about the history of water and climate on Mars. Could Mars have had life?

Student art contest
 Do you love space? Send your art to Mars!
Contest is open now.
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Send your name & message to Mars!
 Keep MAVEN company on its long trip to the Red Planet...

Activity opens May 1.

Visit the MAVEN website to learn more about MAVEN.


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MAVEN invites the public to come aboard
March 15

The Going to Mars campaign invites submissions from the public; artwork, messages, and names will be included on a special DVD. The DVD will be adhered to the MAVEN spacecraft and launched into orbit around Mars. (Courtesy Lockheed Martin)

 Members of the worldwide public are invited to participate in NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission through a new outreach effort called the Going to Mars campaign. Using innovative online tools, the Going to Mars campaign will allow members of the general public to participate in the mission and "go to Mars" with the MAVEN spacecraft. The campaign opens today with a student art contest for participants ages five to seventeen; the winning artwork, as chosen by the public via online voting, will fly to Mars.
The second wave of the Going to Mars campaign, which opens in May, invites people from all over the world to input their names and an optional message into an online interface; the names and top-voted messages will be burned to DVD and sent to the Red Planet aboard the MAVEN spacecraft.
Stephanie Renfrow, lead for the MAVEN E/PO program, said, "The Going to Mars campaign is an exciting opportunity for people around the world--across languages and age groups and perspectives--to create a personal connection with the MAVEN mission and share in the thrill of space exploration."
To participate in the Going to Mars campaign, visit .

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The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is lowered into a thermal vacuum chamber at Lockheed Martin, near Denver, Colorado. TVAC testing ensures that the spacecraft is able to withstand the temperature extremes it will encounter during its mission to study the upper atmosphere of Mars. (Courtesy Lockheed Martin)


With NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft in the background, Lockheed Martin's Guy Beutelschies speaks to members of the Denver press corps during a July 15, 2013 event. MAVEN is ready to be shipped to Florida in preparations for a November 2013 launch.


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Новый марсианский аппарат «MAVEN» проходит последнюю проверку систем

Запуск космического аппарата НАСА «MAVEN» на Марс, станет новым шагом в изучении Красной планеты за долгий промежуток времени после отправки «Curiosity». Но прежде чем его запустят в космос, техники должны хорошо проверить все системы аппарата «MAVEN», особенно тщательно они проводят окончательные проверки солнечных панелей.

2 августа, «MAVEN» (аппарат для изучения верхних слоев атмосферы Марса и выполнения воздушной миссии «Evolution») проделав путь в половину континента от своего сборочного цеха «Lockheed Martin» в городе Литтлтон, штат Колорадо, прибудет в Космический центр Кеннеди, а за тем отправится на побережье Флориды.

В отличие от «Curiosity», миссии которого в основном связаны с кратерами на Красной планете, «MAVEN» является орбитальным аппаратом с первой в своем роде миссией. «MAVEN», это первый космический аппарат посланный с Земли для исследований и анализа верхних слоев атмосферы Марса.

Целью исследований является - определение того, как и почему Марс потерял практически всю его атмосферу миллиарды лет назад. Какой в то, далекое время был климат и какая атмосфера, а так же действительно ли там была вода?

Запуск «MAVEN» планируется осуществить с помощью ракеты «Atlas V-401» с мыса Канаверал, штат Флорида, 18 ноября 2013 года.

После 10 месяцев межпланетного путешествия, когда аппарат выйдет на орбиту Марса в сентябре 2014 года, «MAVEN» присоединится к армаде роботов НАСА из четырех автоматических космических аппаратов.

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MAVEN is traveling 39 miles fr om @LockheedMartin to @Buckley_AFB, wh ere it will be loaded onto a @usairforce C-17.

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Ему не собираются присвоить нормальное название, не аббревиатуру? Или имена дают только лэндерам?

Цитата0140 GMT (9:40 p.m. EDT; 7:40 p.m. MDT)

 Workers have removed the MAVEN spacecraft inside its shipping container fr om the C-17 airplane, and technicians are readying to move the probe to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center. Inside the clean room Saturday, workers will remove the lid of the box and cut off protective wrapping around MAVEN. Processing begins in earnest next week, leading to a launch date of Nov. 18.
 2359 GMT (7:59 p.m. EDT; 5:59 p.m. MDT)
 The U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center's runway after today's journey fr om its factory in Colorado.  The C-17 landed at 7:56 p.m. EDT (2356 GMT) on Runway 15 at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility.
The arrival of any spacecraft at its launch site is a major milestone, and it kicks off MAVEN's launch campaign ahead of its scheduled liftoff on a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. Launch is set fr om Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for 1:28 p.m. EST (1828 GMT) on Nov. 18.
Nov. 18 is the opening of a 20-day launch period, when the relative location of Earth and Mars is such to allow a direct flight to the red planet.
Later this evening, workers will unload the MAVEN spacecraft in its shipping container fr om the C-17, place the orbiter on a truck and trailer, and transport it to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at KSC. Over the next few months, technicians will install the craft's high-gain communications antenna, which was shipped to Florida separate fr om the main spacecraft, along with flight batteries and some scientific sensors that required rework.
Guy Beutelschies, MAVEN program manager at Lockheed Martin, which built the spacecraft, says engineers will go through deployment tests of MAVEN's solar arrays and instrument boom before filling the craft's tank with 3,600 pounds of propellant in October.
Then MAVEN will be encapsulated inside the Atlas 5's four-meter payload fairing before moving to Space Launch Complex 41 for attachment to the two-stage booster.

 1955 GMT (3:55 p.m. EDT; 1:55 p.m. MDT)
 And we're off. We've boarded the C-17 cargo plane, joining MAVEN for a three-hour flight to Kennedy Space Center. We'll pause our coverage for the duration of the flight.

1850 GMT (2:50 p.m. EDT; 12:50 p.m. MDT)
 Making quick work of a carefully-choreographed loading procedure, engineers have placed the MAVEN spacecraft inside the Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Using a winch and with the help of a half-dozen spotters, the Air Force loadmasters and Lockheed Martin workers loaded the spacecraft aboard the aircraft using a rear ramp.
The container holding MAVEN is about 18 feet tall, 14 feet wide and weighs about six tons. There are just a few feet to spare on each side of the box, with even less clearance above.
The container was previously used to transport NASA's Cassini spacecraft before it launched to Saturn, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Phoenix Mars lander, the Jupiter-bound Juno orbiter, and the GRAIL lunar satellites.
After engineers load MAVEN's environmental support equipment, we will be ready for takeoff to the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility - a flight of about three-and-a-half hours.
 1750 GMT (1:50 p.m. EDT; 11:50 a.m. MDT)
 Boarding will soon commence! NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is about to be loaded inside the cargo hold of the C-17 jumbo jet at Buckley Air Force Base outside Denver. The move is meticulously planned and rehearsed, with specific and clear roles identified for everyone involved in transporting the spacecraft, which is the centerpiece of MAVEN's $671 million mission to study climate change on Mars.

MAVEN, inside its shipping box, is ready to be loaded inside the U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now
 1640 GMT (12:40 p.m. EDT; 10:40 a.m. MDT)
 MAVEN has arrived at Buckley Air Force Base on the east side of the Denver metro area after a 39-mile convoy from Lockheed Martin's factory, wh ere the one-ton spacecraft was built and tested. It traveled under escort from local police and arrived at Buckley just moments ago. An Air Force C-17 cargo plane sits on the tarmac ready to receive MAVEN and its shipping container.
The MAVEN spacecraft weighs just shy of 2,000 pounds without fuel. Once at the Kennedy Space Center, MAVEN will be filled with propellant and will have a launch mass of approximately 5,400 pounds.
Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN's principal investigator from the University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, is along for the ride.
"We've been working on this for 10 years," Jakosky said. "At first, it was just a competition. Maybe seven of those years it was requirements, paperwork, proposals and reviews. And the last three years, it's been about cutting metal and assembling it."
MAVEN stands for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission. It was sel ected by NASA in 2008, and the entire mission is projected to cost $671 million.
The mission will study the Martian upper atmosphere and try to learn how the red planet transitioned from a warmer, wetter world into the desert planet we know today.
"To walk in and see the spacecraft fully assembled, and to see it on the transporter ready to go down to Florida is mind-boggling. It's hard to believe we're here," Jakosky said.
Over the next couple of hours, workers will use a mobile crane to hoist the container holding MAVEN off its trailer and push the box into the C-17 on a ramp at the back end of the plane.
 1500 GMT (11 a.m. EDT; 9 a.m. MDT)
 The MAVEN spacecraft is loaded inside its transport container on a flatbed trailer, and the one-ton spaceship has been pulled out its clean room at Lockheed Martin's satellite plant just outside of Denver. The sensitive spacecraft, the centerpiece of a $453 million mission to probe the Martian atmosphere, will be continuously purged with pure nitrogen to keep the environment inside the container clean. The transport team, comprised of Lockheed Martin, NASA, and University of Colorado officials, says the temperature inside the box is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity of less than 30 percent.
Those parameters are acceptable for shipment.
The box measures about 14 feet tall, 14 feet wide and 7.5 feet long.
The spacecraft will take a road trip to Buckley Air Force Base, wh ere a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane waits. Later this morning, technicians will offload the container with MAVEN and place it inside the C-17's cargo hold.
Guy Beutelschies, MAVEN's program manager at Lockheed Martin, says the company has shipped more than a half-dozen interplanetary spacecraft from Denver to Florida over the last 15 years. Much of the team has worked most or all of those operations, Beutelschies said.

The MAVEN transport team meets for a pre-mission briefing before departing Lockheed Martin's Denver facility. Photo credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now
 A NASA spacecraft set to launch to Mars this fall will take a cross-country plane ride Friday in the belly of a U.S. Air Force cargo jet, and we've been invited along for the ride. It's an all-day ordeal, starting early Friday at Lockheed Martin's satellite factory in suburban Denver and ending Friday night at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, wh ere the Mars orbiter will be placed inside a clean room for final launch preparations.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, or MAVEN, is the first spacecraft to be dispatched to the red planet specifically to study the desert world's thin atmosphere.
"We've never sent a spacecraft to Mars just to explore its upper atmosphere," said Bruce Jakosky, MAVEN's chief scientist from the University of Colorado at Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. "If you imagine Mars as having had a thicker, warmer atmosphere early in its history, wh ere did the atmosphere ago? Wh ere did the water go?"
The job of the $453 million MAVEN mission is to find out, answering one of the most fundamental questions about the red planet: Why did the climate change on Mars?
Built by Lockheed Martin, MAVEN will launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Nov. 18 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. If all goes well, the craft will slide into orbit around Mars in September 2014.
But before it rockets away to Mars, some logistics are in order - like moving the delicate custom-built spacecraft from Colorado to Florida.
An Air Force C-17 cargo plane will do the job, jetting MAVEN from a military base outside Denver to the Shuttle Landing Facility runway at KSC.
All along the way, MAVEN will be hooked up to a purge system to keep the satellite and its three sensor packages pristine during the journey. And several dozen Lockheed Martin engineers and technicians will accompany MAVEN on the trip to help load and unload the craft fr om the C-17 and babysit the orbiter.
It takes meticulous planning to pull off such a move in a single day, with every move carefully choreographed well in advance. We'll be there to chronicle the job, offering a look into a rarely-seen part of all space missions.
We'll be posting updates here throughout the day Friday and Saturday, when workers will open the crate housing MAVEN inside the KSC clean room.
"Были когда-то и мы рысаками!!!"


NASA Begins Launch Preparations for Next Mars Mission
Aug. 5, 2013

NASA's next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is now perched in a clean room to begin final preparations for its November launch.
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is undergoing detailed testing and fueling prior to being moved to its launch pad. The mission has a 20-day launch period that opens Nov. 18.
The spacecraft will conduct the first mission dedicated to surveying the upper atmosphere of Mars. Scientists expect to obtain unprecedented data that will help them understand how the loss of atmospheric gas to space may have played a part in changing the planet's climate.
"We're excited and proud to ship the spacecraft right on schedule," said David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "But more critical milestones lie ahead before we accomplish our mission of collecting science data from Mars. I firmly believe the team is up to the task. Now we begin the final push to launch."
Over the weekend, the team confirmed the spacecraft arrived in good condition. They removed the spacecraft from the shipping container and secured it to a rotation fixture in the cleanroom. In the next week, the team will reassemble components previously removed for transport. Further checks prior to launch will include software tests, spin balance tests, and test deployments of the spacecraft's solar panels and booms.
The spacecraft was transported from Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., on Friday, aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo plane. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colo., designed and built the spacecraft and is responsible for testing, launch processing, and mission operations.
"It's always a mix of excitement and stress when you ship a spacecraft down to the launch site," said Guy Beutelschies, MAVEN program manager at Lockheed Martin. "It's similar to moving your children to college after high school graduation. You're proud of the hard work to get to this point, but you know they still need some help before they're ready to be on their own."
Previous Mars missions detected energetic solar fields and particles that could drive atmospheric gases away from Mars. Unlike Earth, Mars does not have a planet-wide magnetic field that would deflect these solar winds. As a result, these winds may have stripped away much of Mars' atmosphere.
MAVEN's data will help scientists reconstruct the planet's past climate. Scientists will use MAVEN data to project how Mars became the cold, dusty desert planet we see today. The planned one-year mission begins with the spacecraft entering the Red Planet's orbit  in September 2014.
"MAVEN is not going to detect life," said Bruce Jakosky, planetary scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder and MAVEN's principal investigator. "But it will help us understand the climate history, which is the history of its habitability."
MAVEN's principal investigator is based at the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder. The university provides science instruments and leads science operations, education and public outreach.
Goddard manages the project and provides two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California at Berkeley's Space Sciences Laboratory provides science instruments for the mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., provides navigation support, Deep Space Network support, and Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.


НАСА начало подготовку к запуску нового марсианского зонда Maven

МОСКВА, 5 авг -- РИА Новости. Специалисты НАСА начали подготовку нового марсианского орбитального зонда Maven (Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution) к запуску, который намечен на ноябрь, сообщает пресс-служба космического агентства.

Накануне аппарат был доставлен в космический центр НАСА имени Кеннеди, где находится комплекс подготовки к запуску. Специалисты центра проверили зонд и пришли к выводу, что он находится в хорошем состоянии и не пострадал при транспортировке. В предстоящие дни инженеры дособерут зонд, подсоединят элементы, снятые при перевозке. Затем начнется проверка аппарата -- тестирование программного обеспечения, мехнизмов развертывания солнечных батарей и антенн.

Запуск аппарата может состояться в течение 20-дневного стартового окна, которое откроется 18 ноября.

Проект Maven, одобренный НАСА в октябре 2010 года, призван выяснить, как Марс потерял большую часть своей атмосферы. Ученым известно, что в прошлом у Марса была более плотная атмосфера, допускающая наличие на поверхности жидкой воды. Большая часть этой атмосферы была потеряна. Зонд Maven проведет точные измерения сегодняшней скорости потери атмосферы, что даст ученым возможность определить, какую роль эта потеря сыграла в изменении марсианского климата, и заглянуть в прошлое красной планеты.

"Maven не будет искать жизнь. Но он поможет нам понять историю климата (Марса), то есть историю его пригодности для жизни", -- сказал научный руководитель проекта Брюс Яковски (Bruce Jakosky), планетолог из университета Колорадо в Боулдере.

Maven может присоединиться к другим орбитальным зондам НАСА, уже изучающим Марс -- Mars Odyssey, работающему с 2001 года, более новому Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), а также к европейскому Mars Express. Кроме того, в 2016 году в рамках совместного проекта НАСА и ЕКА планируется запуск аппарата Mars Trace Gas Mission (TGM), который также будет детально исследовать марсианскую атмосферу.

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MAVEN в космическом центра НАСА имени Кеннеди