Crimean Self-Defense Forces Prevented Romanians from Landing on Mars

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A Romanian company states that it did not conduct testing of space landing module due to ‘annexation of Crimea to Russia’.

Crimean Self-Defense Forces Prevented Romanians from Landing on Mars

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The Romanian Arca Space company has accused Russia of the impossibility of carrying out tests of the Schiaparelli landing module in the Earth’s atmosphere before its launching to Mars, which took place in the spring of 2016, the Romanian Agerpres news agency reported.

“We did our best, and this test, about which they [the Italian Space Agency] talk, would have forced us to make a flight near a Russian military base in Sevastopol. At that time, Russia had just annexed Crimea and we could provoke a conflict between Russia and NATO,” head of Arca Space, Dumitru Popescu, responded to claims of the Italian Space Agency.

Schiaparelli was created by the Italian Space Agency, and the Arca Space company was responsible for its testing before the launching. However, the company did not conduct the testing. After the collapse of the module, Italians accused Romanians of an improper testing of Schiaparelli. Arca Space responded that the agency itself recommended to limit the testing with computer simulation of entry of the apparatus in the Martian atmosphere, and not to conduct experiments with a prototype of Schiaparelli. Meanwhile, initially, it was planned to test the module in Sweden, but then the testing was entrusted to little-known Arca Space in order to save money.

The Arca Space company was founded by Dumitru Popescu in 1999. Its headquarters is located in the US.

Schiaparelli, which was a part of the joint mission of the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, named ExoMars-2016, crashed on the surface of Mars on October 19. According to an investigation, conducted by a special commission, an error occurred, when the module threw a protective shield and opened its parachutes ahead of time. Final conclusions of the commission on the crash of Schiaparelli are planned to be announced in the beginning of 2017. ExoMars-2016 was the first European mission, aimed on studying of Mars, for the past 13 years.

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  • grandel

    So, the Russians, who were responsible for getting the module to Mars, were also responsible for keeping the module from being tested? You get what you pay for.

    • John Whitehot

      what were you thinking? that it wasn’t Russia fault? incredible that there’s ppl today that does not see that Russia is the cause of every bad things that happens around the universe. What’s strange is why it took so long for these Romanian scientists and rocket engineers to point out at Russia’s responsibility in the Schiapparelli demise.

      • zman

        Don’t forget they also caused Trump to win the US election, created ISIS, global warming and the death of the tooth fairy.

        • John Whitehot

          :D

      • grandel

        No person can possible take you serious when you say that “Russia is the cause of every bad things (sic) that happens around the universe.”

        • John Whitehot

          lololol, of course I’m not serious. Sorry if somebody does not get the sarcasm, but probably one should take into account the brainwashing most western readers are subjected to.

  • Gary Sellars

    Romanians were responsible for testing Schiaparelli landing systems?

    No wonder it failed…