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Rover has finished it’s Environmental Testing. Camera Alignment Measurements just starting.

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The Completed Rover has been in Toulouse since September and has been through it’s mechanical Testing (acoustic noise to simulate the Launch environment when on top of the Rocket), it’s Thermal Test (the Rover is placed in a Thermal chamber (where we simulate both the vacuum transfer to Mars and the Mars surface environment and temperatures) and then finally an Electro Magnetic Compatibility Test (where we test the electronic interference of the different equipment as well as any interference with the communications). Currently the final Camera Alignments and functional testing is to be done throughout January.

Similarly, in Cannes, the other Spacecraft Elements, the Descent Module and Lander Platform are being assembled and tested by our Russian and Italian Colleagues. The Carrier Module is also there waiting to be mated to the completed Descent Module.

In February, the Rover will be transported to Cannes for further Integration and testing with the Spacecraft.

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