Brit-built trundlebot eyeing up a July 2020 launch as cams fitted to ExoMars mission rover | 8/21/2019 | Staff
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While ESA continues to grapple with balky parachutes ahead of the ExoMars 2020 mission, the cameras for the Rosalind Franklin rover have been fitted to the British-built trundlebot.

The "PanCam", which sits on top of a mast that rises two metres above the ground, is designed to provide Earthbound boffins with 3D stereo imagery of the terrain around the rover. As well as identifying where the machine actually is and picking interesting sites on which to wield the rest of the trundlebot's suite of instruments, the camera will also be used to study the atmosphere.

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Comprising two Wide Angle Cameras (WAC), each of which is fitted with a 12-position filter wheel in order to study different wavelengths, the PanCam will also monitor the samples taken by the rover's drill before they are ingested and crushed within the machine's internals.

As well as the WACs, with their 37°, fixed-focus field of view, the PanCam is also fitted with a single High Resolution Camera (HRC). The HRC will be used for capturing high-resolution colour images and has an autofocus mechanism,...
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