Airbus Gets Spacecraft Contract With European Space Agency as Part of Mars Campaign
By Olivia Bugault
Airbus SE said Wednesday that it was selected prime contractor
by the European Space Agency for the design and building of the
earth return orbiter spacecraft.
The earth return orbiter contract is valued at 491 million euros
($576.7 million) and is part of a joint ESA-NASA campaign called
Mars Sample Return aiming at exploring Mars.
"The five year mission will see the spacecraft head to Mars, act
as a communication relay with the surface missions, perform a
rendezvous with the orbiting samples and bring them safely back to
Earth," the European plane maker said.
Airbus will have the overall responsibility for the earth return
orbiter mission, while Thales SA's subsidiary Thales Alenia Space
Turin will assemble the spacecraft among other tasks, the company
Airbus was also selected by the ESA as one of the two prime
contractors for the design of the European Large Logistic Lander,
also known as EL3, whose flights are scheduled to start in the late
2020s, it said in a separate statement.
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