29 October 2021
Zhurong Mars rover will perform a radio test with the Mars Express of the European Space Agency (ESA) next month after it survived the almost one-month solar outage. ESA Operations announced on 27 October that its Mars Express team is planning a series of five communication tests with the Chinese Zhurong Mars rover in November. Zhurong will transmit data 'blind' as part of a technique designed over a decade ago but not tested in orbit until now. ESA will pass any received data on to the Zhurong team for analysis.
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original news: Mars Express blog entry on the ESA webpage
Mars Express keeps an ear out for Chinese rover
27 October 2021
ESA’s Mars Express team is planning a series of five communication tests with the Chinese Zhurong Mars rover in November. While the Mars Express spacecraft can ‘hear’ the rover, the rover cannot ‘hear’ Mars Express. Zhurong will transmit data ‘blind’ as part of a technique designed over a decade ago but not tested in orbit until now. ESA will pass any received data on to the Zhurong team for analysis.
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