posted on Jan, 16 2004 @ 12:52 PM
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The latest version of this ambitious roadmap was presented at the third Aurora Working Meeting in Cologne in November. This long-term plan, which has
been endorsed by Aurora’s Exploration Programme Advisory Committee (EPAC), recently received the blessing of the Aurora Board of Participants
2007 – an entry vehicle demonstrator mission to validate and demonstrate high-speed re-entry technology
2009 – ExoMars, an exobiology mission to send a rover to Mars in order to search for traces of life – past or present – and characterise the nature of
the surface environment.
2011 / 2014 – Mars sample return, a split mission to bring back to Earth the first samples of Martian material
2014 – Human mission technologies demonstrator(s) to validate technologies for orbital assembly and docking, life support and human habitation
2018 – a technology precursor mission to demonstrate aerobraking/aerocapture, solar electric propulsion and soft landing (formerly envisaged as a
smaller Arrow-class mission to be launched in 2010)
2024 – a human mission to the Moon to demonstrate key life support and habitation technologies, as well as aspects of crew performance and adaptation
and in situ resources utilisation technologies
2026 – an automatic mission to Mars to test the main phases of a human mission to Mars
2030 / 2033 – a split mission that will culminate in the first human landing on Mars
[Edited on 16-1-2004 by MarkLuitzen]