Technical Specifications

Weight
1,500 kg including fuel
Data bandwidth
1.6 mbps at Mars’s closest point to earth
Dimensions
2.37m wide, 2.90m tall (excluding solar panels)
Navigation sensors
Star trackers
Sun sensors
Structure
Aluminium frame with lightweight aluminium honeycomb panels
Thrusters
Four to six large 120-Newton thrusters for acceleration and braking
Eight to 12 small 5-Newton thrusters for delicate manoeuvring
Solar panels
Three extendable 600W solar panels
Positioning
Set of internal Reaction Wheels to rotate the probe around three axes
Antennae
High-gain (directional) antenna with 1.5m dish
Additional non-directional low-gain antennas

Science Instruments

  • An Imager – a digital camera that will send back high-resolution colour images.

  • An Infra-Red Spectrometer – which will examine temperature patterns, ice, water vapour and dust in the atmosphere.

  • An Ultraviolet Spectrometer – which will study the upper atmosphere and traces of oxygen and hydrogen further out into space.

Science objectives

The Emirates Mars Mission probe will advance human knowledge about the atmosphere and climate on Mars, about which very little is known. This mission will produce the first truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere. It will study how the lower and upper layers of the atmosphere interact with each other. It will search for connections between today’s Martian weather and the ancient climate of the Red Planet.

Learn more about our scientific goals

News & Updates

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