Batteries charged, UAE's Hope probe to Mars set for launch on July 15

The probe will separate from the launch vehicle an hour after lift-off

  
Hope Probe spacecraft was encapsulated within the payload fairing ahead of its liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Centre (TNSC) in Japan on 15 July 2020. All testing & checks leading to the full launch & mission-readiness are currently being carried out. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

Hope Probe spacecraft was encapsulated within the payload fairing ahead of its liftoff from the Tanegashima Space Centre (TNSC) in Japan on 15 July 2020. All testing & checks leading to the full launch & mission-readiness are currently being carried out. Image courtesy Dubai Media Office Twitter handle.

The ground control team of the UAE's Mars mission at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) on Sunday revealed that the Hope Probe will separate from the launch vehicle at 1.51am UAE time, an hour after its launch on July 15.

Following separation, the Hope Probe will be stabilised and solar panels will be deployed as a source of energy.


This was explained during a virtual meeting by the Emirates Mars Mission Ground Control Team.

Final preparations are gathering pace ahead of the first Arab mission to the Red Planet on Wednesday, as battery charging has also been completed now. Explaining the early operations after the launch, one of the senior engineers today said, "We are going to launch at 00.51 UAE time. Separation is going to happen around 1:51 am, after one hour. An hour after that, the first signal is expected to happen around 2.51-2.54 am UAE time."


He further said, "The engineering team and the flight separation team is going to prepare hours ahead of the launch, preparing for all software and ensuring they have connectivity with space networks. After we get our first signal, we will start our activity by ensuring that we have separated fully from the launch vehicle and then we will start looking at the solar panels. After that we will get into our early operations by focusing our activities for the next 30 days."

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