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    China just announced their Mars mission will carry 13 scientific instruments - seven in the orbiter and six in the rover.

    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2017-0...t_41623004.htm

    China is on track to launch its first Mars probe around 2020, and plans call for retrieving soil and rock samples from the red planet before 2030, said Zhang Rongqiao, the mission's chief designer.

    China aims to become the first country to conduct an orbital and surface exploration of Mars in a single mission, he said on Wednesday at an international forum on lunar and deep space exploration in Beijing.

    The Chinese Mars probe consists of three parts: orbiter, lander and rover. It will carry 13 scientific instruments - seven in the orbiter and six in the rover, he said.

    The orbiter will collect data on Mars' atmosphere, electromagnetic field, temperatures, surface landscape and other key scientific indicators, he said.

    The rover, weighing around 200 kilograms, will focus on collecting surface data, as well as testing other equipment to pave the way for future sample retrieval missions between 2025 and 2030.

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    Andrew Jones with more details of the high-resolution camera to be carried by the Mars orbitor.

    http://gbtimes.com/china-is-sending-...-space-program

    The orbiter for China’s 2020 Mars mission will carry a powerful high-resolution camera which will boost understanding of the Red Planet and help with planning for future missions.

    China will launch its first independent interplanetary mission in summer 2020 with a Long March 5 rocket, ambitiously attempting to send the orbiter to the Red Planet together with a lander and rover in one go.

    Aboard the orbiter will be the Mars High-resolution Camera (MHC), which will have a maximum resolution of 0.5m per pixel at an altitude of 260 km above the Martian surface - the expected periapsis, or low point in the orbit - making it comparable to NASA’s HiRise imager.

    While HiRise, currently in orbit aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), can return images at a greater resolution of 25 cm per pixel, China’s MHC will offer larger areal coverage, with a 9 km swath versus a 6 km swath for HiRISE.

    The specifications for the 40 kg MHC imager were presented at the international forum on Lunar and Deep Space Exploration in Beijing this week.

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    China has started simulated landing tests for their 2020 Mars mission.

    https://gbtimes.com/china-simulates-...r-2020-mission

    China has provided a rare update on the progress of its 2020 mission to send an orbiter, lander and rover to Mars, stating that simulated landing tests have taken place as part of preparations.

    The tests were carried out recently by the Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity (BISME), which focuses on landing technology among other specialised fields.

    The 2020 mission will be China's first independent interplanetary mission, and while the country successfully soft-landed the Chang'e-3 on the Moon in 2013, some of the challenges posed by touching down safely on Mars are greater, requiring new technology.

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    China is making progress with their Mars mission.

    http://www.china.org.cn/china/2018-0...t_50697188.htm

    Chinese researchers have completed the aerodynamic design of the country's Mars probe and are now conducting testing and experiments, reports Science and Technology Daily.

    Set to launch in 2020, Chinese space authorities are working on technology to help complete the orbiting, landing and surveying.

    "The aerodynamic design is very important as it will protect the probe in its landing and prevent it from leaving the orbiting track," Zhou Weijiang, member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political

    Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and researcher with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), told Science and Technology Daily on Saturday.

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    Andrew Jones gives more details of China's Mars mission.

    https://gbtimes.com/chinas-2020-mars...t?cat=business

    The landing tests are being carried out by the Beijing Institute of Space Mechanics and Electricity (BISME), which include simulating the gravitational field of the Red Planet, as well as mimicking the attitude and speed of the lander as it goes through stages of entry, descent and landing (EDL) on Mars.

    A breakthrough in the propulsion subsystem for the Mars lander was made in January, while in 2016 an experimental supersonic, low density parachute, was tested in the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere to substitute for Martian conditions.

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    The Mars lander will have a camera, that is being developed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Academy of Space Technology (CAST).

    http://www.ecns.cn/news/cns-wire/201...c9639520.shtml

    Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) signed an agreement on Wednesday to jointly develop a camera for China's first Mars probe.

    The two sides will develop and produce a camera on the mission’s spacecraft scheduled for launch in 2020, which will conduct orbital and surface exploration of the red planet.

    The "Mars Landing Surveillance Camera," to be located on the outside top surface of the Mars lander, will monitor the deployment status of the Mars rover with respect to the status of its solar panel, antenna, as well as movement.
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    "China's Mars orbiter-rover mission on course for 2020 launch window"

    https://gbtimes.com/chinas-mars-orbi...-space-program

    China appears on course to launch its first independent interplanetary mission in 2020, as the country continues progress on its Mars orbiter and autonomous rover spacecraft.

    China’s first Mars exploration mission is "progressing well," said Li Ming, vice president of the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Germany in the first week of October.

    According to Li and mission engineers at the Congress, the mission requires China to develop an orbiter, lander and rover with a total of 13 integrated science payloads, but also make breakthroughs in Mars entry, descent and landing (EDL), autonomous roving and long distance communications, with Mars at its farthest being around 400 million kilometres away from Earth.
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