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In the laboratories of Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, in Stevenage (UK), engineers and scientists are developing the ExoMars Rover, which will be sent to Mars in 2018. One of the objectives of the ExoMars mission, a joint enterprise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), is to search for possible bio-signatures of life on Mars.

To this purpose, the ExoMars Rover has been equipped with innovative, human-inspired technology. In its 218-sol mission, the rover will have to autonomously travel on the Mars surface, identify scientifically relevant sites, safely navigate towards them and perform experiments. This talk will unveil the technology on-board the rover that will make it accomplish its mission.


Dr Giuseppe Montano leads the UK Advanced Studies Group at Airbus Defence and Space Ltd. He is specialised in space exploration robotics and human-machine interaction. Dr Montano is involved in several robotics space exploration missions of the European Space Agency, such as ExoMars and Mars Sample Return, and a number of non-robotics science missions, such as Lisa Pathfinder, ADM-Aeolus and Solar Orbiter. He is also a consultant and science writer for several publications worldwide, including the UK edition of Popular Science.

Speaker: Dr. Giuseppe Montano (AIRBUS Defence and Space Ltd – Space Systems)

Host: Dr. Sanjaye Ramgoolam

Date: February 6th, 2015 at 16:30

Room: GO Jones Lecture Theatre