Reply to post: Re: Um, what about airbags ?

Oh chute. Doubts cast on ExoMars lander's 2020 red planet jaunt after another failed test

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Re: Um, what about airbags ?

The lander is going to use retro rockets rather than airbags. I believe that decision was made because it's easier to guarantee that the rover will be able to extricate itself from the lander if you don't use airbags.

On the one hand, on this side of the pond we don't have a good record of using airbags (Beagle) and on the other hand we don't have a good record of using retro rockets (Schiaparelli)...

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