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Navigation system failure cited in crash of European Mars lander

edited November 2016 in General

An illustration released by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the Schiaparelli EDM landerEurope's Schiaparelli Mars lander crashed last month after a sensor failure caused it to cast away its parachute and turn off braking thrusters more than two miles (3.7 km) above the surface of the planet, as if it had already landed, a report released on Wednesday said. The error stemmed from a momentary glitch in a device that measured how fast the spacecraft was spinning, the report by the European Space Agency said. "When merged into the navigation system, the erroneous information generated an estimated altitude that was negative - that is, below ground level.


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