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Airbus Builds Mars Rover Simulation Facility in the U.K.

Airbus Builds Mars Rover Simulation Facility in the U.K. - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Airbus Defense and SpaceAirbus Group‘s defense and space business has opened a new facility that will test Europe’s ExoMars rover in a simulated Martian environment.

The Mars Yard is located at the Airbus division’s headquarters in Stevenage, England and will also be used to further develop the autonomous space vehicle’s navigation technology, Airbus said Thursday.

Alvaro Gimenez, a European Space Agency director; David Parker, U.K. Space Agency CEO; and Vince Cable, British secretary of state for business, officially opened the ExoMars simulation hub Thursday.

The simulator contains 300 tons of sand, a mural and interior features designed to mimic the landscape of the red planet, according to Airbus.

The European Space Agency plans to launch ExoMars in 2018.

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is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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