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Scheurer Swiss receives order to develop carbon reinforced thread inserts for sensors monitoring natural hazards.

With over thirty years of experience in lightweight construction for Formula 1, Scheurer Swiss GmbH is considered a specialist in the field of fibre composite technology. Proven in delivering top performance, it uses state-of-the-art technologies such as carbon reinforced 3D printing for customized solutions. Swiss sensor and digitalization professional, Aartesys AG, has commissioned the lightweight expert to design and manufacture custom carbon reinforced thread inserts for its revolutionary geo-sensor system, AarteLink®. It is used for monitoring and alerting in the event of natural hazards.

Aartelink®, the Swiss Army Knife in Natural Hazard Prevention

Natural disasters such as rockfalls, avalanches, landslides and floods are a major threat to the population in Switzerland as well. Roads, railroad lines and entire villages, for example, must be protected against avalanches and rockfalls, and natural hazard officers and blue-light organizations must be notified in good time in the event of changes and imminent dangers. With AarteLink®, the Biel-based company Aartesys has created a groundbreaking system for the prevention of natural disasters. The low-maintenance and robust geo-alarm system is a combination of sensor technology, sophisticated electronics and telecommunications technology. It reliably monitors and alerts to natural hazards, uncompromisingly designed for tough everyday use in the field.

Carbon reinforced thread inserts from Scheurer Swiss are part of the AarteLink® geo early warning system, which climbers install to detect natural hazards on steep rock slopes.

Carbon reinforced thread inserts from Scheurer Swiss are part of the AarteLink® geo early warning system, which climbers install to detect natural hazards on steep rock slopes.

When natural hazard events occur, action must be taken quickly. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the geo-sensor system immediately detects and accurately measures vibrations and movements in all directions, independent of vegetation and weather conditions, in the sense of an early warning system. On the other hand, installation and commissioning must be as simple as possible, even in hard-to-reach places such as rock crevices, and must function flawlessly so that the geo-sensor is ready for use in the shortest possible time. Small, lightweight and easily transportable, yet stable and highly precise components are therefore central. Carbon the solution.

Carbon at dizzying heights detects geohazards

For Aartesys’ latest protection project on Monte San Salvatore in Switzerland’s sunny canton Ticino, the leading company in the field of sensory monitoring of natural hazards has called in two more experts.

At Lake Lugano on Monte San Salvatore in Ticino, carbon reinforced thread inserts from Scheurer Swiss are installed in carbon pipes that detect natural hazards at an early stage.

At Lake Lugano on Monte San Salvatore in Ticino, carbon reinforced thread inserts from Scheurer Swiss are installed in carbon pipes that detect natural hazards at an early stage.

In addition to the fibre composite and 3D printing specialist, Scheurer Swiss GmbH, a company specializing in the production of round profiles made of carbon and fibreglass has also been engaged. The latter supplies the carbon tubes for crack monitoring, which immediately record and precisely measure vibrations as well as changes at critical rock crevices.

Scheurer Swiss develops carbon reinforced thread inserts for Geo Alarm System Aartelink®.

Scheurer Swiss develops carbon reinforced thread inserts for Geo Alarm System Aartelink®.

Scheurer Swiss is responsible for the carbon reinforced thread inserts with glass fibre insulation and a sophisticated injection bonding system based on fast curing epoxy, with which the thread inserts can be fixed in the carbon tubes on both sides within a few minutes and mounted on the rock at a height of several hundred meters.

The starting point for both the material selection of the carbon measuring tubes and the development of the carbon reinforced thread inserts and the unique bonding mechanism was the individual requirement of the customer Aartesys for a lightweight solution with low material input, fast and flexible to use, so that the climbers can install the geo alarm system AarteLink® in the shortest possible time even on steep rock slopes. Based on specially designed 3D computer data, one of the most advanced lightweight technologies, additive manufacturing, was used to produce the threaded inserts. “Carbon reinforced 3D printing meets all the criteria of producing one-of-a-kind items like these custom threaded inserts, which need to be lightweight yet strong, and as cost-effective as possible to produce when needed. “, says fibre composite and lightweight construction expert at Scheurer Swiss GmbH, Dominik Scheurer.

Ultra-stable bonding mechanism defies the forces of nature

For the present Aartesys project on Monte San Salvatore in Ticino, the carbon tubes supplied are cut to the required length at Scheurer Swiss and fitted with the carbon reinforced thread inserts before being installed in the rock faces as an AarteLink® early warning system.

Scheurer Swiss designs individual hand tools that enable the fitters to cut carbon tubes to length even at dizzy heights.

Scheurer Swiss designs individual hand tools that enable the fitters to cut carbon tubes to length even at dizzy heights.

If required, the carbon measuring tubes can also be cut to length and bonded directly on site. For this purpose, Scheurer Swiss has designed a customized hand tool – it serves as a sageblade guide for the handsage for capping the carbon tubes – and prepared a manual for professional cutting and gluing. Scheurer, engineer and owner of Scheurer Swiss GmbH, points out, “With the help of the specially developed and extremely fast-curing injection adhesive, the fitters succeed in gluing the carbon reinforced threaded inserts into the carbon tubes, which were previously cut to length by hand, even at dizzying heights.”

Natural hazard events are always a race against time. Timely alerting can save lives. AarteLink® must therefore perfectly meet all the criteria of an early warning system for monitoring natural hazards of all kinds. For this reason, Aartesys subjected the stability of the carbon reinforced thread inserts and the resistance of the unique bonding mechanism of Scheurer Swiss GmbH to a rigorous mechanical stress test in advance. Martin von Känel, CEO of Aartesys AG, is very satisfied: “The thread inserts with the epoxy bonding system of Scheurer Swiss prove their high reliability and easily withstand a tensile test of up to 400 kilograms. “, and praises Scheurer Swiss: “The positive result of our load test clearly shows the expert choice of materials and testifies to successful Swiss engineering.”

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Scheurer Swiss supports the focus project «Daedalus» of ETH Zurich with its engineering know-how and networks the project team with partner companies.

The engineering company Scheurer Swiss GmbH, known for its many years of expertise with fibre composite technologies, is supporting ETH Zurich’s «Daedalus» project as a sponsor with its engineering expertise and is networking the project team with the right companies to produce the third generation of the hybrid rocket motor for this year’s ARIS «Piccard» rocket.

ETH focus project "Daedalus": Six ETH students develop the ARIS hybrid rocket motor for the "Piccard" rocket.

Six ETH students are developing this year’s ARIS hybrid rocket motor for the “Piccard” rocket as part of the “Daedalus” focus project.

Six space-loving ETH students are pursuing the concept with the goal of using the hybrid rocket motor to reach an altitude of 30,000 feet (about 9,150 meters) and win this year’s largest academic rocket engineering competition in the world, the Spaceport America Cup, as well as the first university rocket launch competition in Europe, EuRoc. Its hybrid rocket engine has just successfully completed static field testing and is ready for the first hybrid flight in ARIS history.

Development of the third generation of the ARIS hybrid rocket engine

The «Daedalus» focus project supported by Scheurer Swiss is part of ARIS – «Academic Spaceflight Initiative Switzerland» – which was founded in 2017 by students at ETH Zurich to promote spaceflight in Switzerland. Together, budding engineers, scientists and economists have since been developing systems for aerospace with the goal of advancing humanity by developing systems for space.

As part of ARIS, the «Daedalus» focus project is designing a third-generation hybrid rocket engine, which will be incorporated into this year’s ARIS «Piccard» rocket. What is special about the way a hybrid rocket engine works is the combination of a solid fuel with a liquid oxidizer. The coexistence of the two different aggregate states until immediately before ignition results in a high level of safety, as unintentional ignition can be largely prevented.

ETH focus project "Daedalus": Assembly of the hybrid engine for the ARIS "Piccard" rocket.

With the aid of the hybrid engine, the ARIS “Piccard” rocket is to reach an altitude of over 9,000 meters.

With the help of this engine, the rocket is expected to reach an altitude of 30,000 feet (about 9,150 meters), leading the six-member «Daedalus» development team of mechanical engineering students from ETH Zurich to victory at the world’s largest academic rocket competition, the Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico, and at the first university rocket launch competition in Europe, EuRoc in Portugal, in 2021.

First hybrid flight in ARIS history

The project kicked off in September 2020, and after the concept and design phase, which was supported by valuable input from industry and research experts, the final design of the hybrid rocket motor was already in place by December 2020.

ETH focus project "Daedalus": Integration of the hybrid engine into the ARIS "Piccard" rocket.

For the challenging integration of the engine into the “Piccard” rocket, the “Daedalus” team collaborated with experts in lightweight construction, including Scheurer Swiss.

The major challenge of the project is the integration of the engine into the «Piccard» rocket, as this places high demands on the design of the engine. For this reason, the six-member project team worked closely with experts in lightweight construction. «To achieve our ambitious goals, we depend on competent industrial partners in the field of fibre composite technology. Scheurer Swiss, with its many years of experience in high-performance composite engineering, was ideally suited for collaboration in our eyes,» emphasizes project manager and media spokesman, Aaron Ehrat.

ETH focus project "Daedalus": Test ignition of the hybrid engine of the ARIS rocket "Piccard".

The ETH “Daedalus” team agrees: the data collected during the two-month extensive static test campaign show that the hybrid engine is ready for its flight in the “Piccard” rocket.

After an extensive two-month test campaign, during which the performance of the engine in the rocket was tested, the «Daedalus» project team at ETH Zurich has completed the static tests on its hybrid rocket engine with great promise: «The course of the entire test campaign was extremely successful and the data collected shows that we are ready for the flight of our engine in the rocket.», says Adrian Fuhrer, Hybrid Rocket Engineer, and adds: «The great support that Scheurer Swiss provided us, especially at the beginning of the project, in the field of composite engineering and the networking with other competent partners for lightweight construction and fibre composite technology, was very valuable for us and made the project possible in the first place.»

Scheurer Swiss CEO, Dominik Scheurer, praises, «ETH Zurich’s focus project «Daedalus» exemplifies how highly efficient technical systems with great potential for success can be developed with the use of fibre composite materials and lightweight construction technologies. We congratulate the «Daedalus» team on the successful test series and are pleased that we were able to support the team with our engineering expertise and network it with our partner companies in a target-oriented manner. Now it’s time to keep our fingers crossed for the maiden flight of the «Piccard» rocket in July!»

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Scheurer Swiss GmbH is the only provider in Switzerland that offers the complete process from consulting to engineering and production within its service portfolio in the field of lightweight composite engineering. In addition, Scheurer Swiss GmbH provides high performance composite know-how in the context of professional and licensed personnel placement as well as customer-specific composite training on a long-term basis. We will be happy to advise you!

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Scheurer Swiss supports the focus project “Rowesys” – Robotic Weeding System – of ETH Zurich with its engineering know-how and supplies 3D-printed carbon-reinforced robot components.

The engineering company Scheurer Swiss GmbH, known for its many years of expertise with fibre composite technologies, is supporting the “Rowesys” – Robotic Weeding System – project of ETH Zurich as a gold sponsor with its engineering expertise and is printing carbon-reinforced 3D components for the agricultural robot on behalf of the team. With this concept, ten motivated ETH students are pursuing the goal of developing a sustainable alternative for the use of herbicides in agriculture. Their autonomous agricultural robot for weed removal has just gone into practical testing.

Carbon-reinforced material revolutionizes agriculture

“Rosie”, the unprecedented autonomous agricultural robot, was developed by ETH students in collaboration with Scheurer Swiss as a gold sponsor and is expected to replace pesticides in the future.

The ETH Zurich focus project “Rowesys”, supported by Scheurer Swiss, impressively demonstrates how damage to people and the environment can be minimised with the help of digitalisation and smart technology. With this goal in mind, ten motivated ETH students, supported by eight expert coaches and sponsors, have been working on the development of the “Rowesys” agricultural robot since last September.
The underlying concept is based on mechanical weed killing. The result is a functional prototype for sugar beet fields, because these require a relatively high use of herbicides. “Rowesys” already meets the requirements of an autonomous agricultural robot in terms of efficiency, reliability, autonomy, safety and user-friendliness to a large extent. Not least thanks to the use of cost-efficient carbon-reinforced material from the 3D printer, which, in addition to the monetary benefits, also offers practically unlimited design possibilities.

For example, the agricultural robot has been equipped with wafer-thin carbon-reinforced plastic slats that are backed by LEDs to indicate the robot status at all times.

Scheurer Swiss supports the focus project "Rowesys" - Robotic Weeding System - of ETH Zurich

Wafer-thin carbon-reinforced plastic slats from the 3D printer of Scheurer Swiss GmbH.

Another filigree component in turn serves as an interface between the aluminium chassis and the robot’s electronics. The unusual shape of the connector is designed in such a way that not a single gram of superfluous material is used, so as not to weigh down the robot unnecessarily. At the same time, the component must be ultra-stable to hold the connection.

Scheurer Swiss supports the focus project "Rowesys" - Robotic Weeding System - of ETH Zurich

Carbon-reinforced connecting piece between the case and electronics, printed in 3D by Scheurer Swiss.

“Only with the technology of carbon-reinforced 3D printing is it even possible to produce such a precisely fitting, filigree and yet stable component.

The carbon reinforced 3D printing technology recommended by Scheurer Swiss is the perfect solution in terms of lightweight construction, design flexibility and stability as well as manufacturing time and production costs.

We supported the Rowesys team with our know-how in the field of fibre composite technologies in an advisory capacity and operationally incorporated our many years of expertise from the development of highly efficient composite components for motor sports into the development and 3D printing of the carbon-reinforced components for the agricultural robot,” explains Dominik Scheurer, CEO of Scheurer Swiss GmbH.

The agricultural robot is to replace pesticides

The agricultural robot pulls small ploughs through the soil, which destroy the weeds between the rows of plants by pulling the roots to the surface from the ground where the weeds dry up. The robot drives autonomously through the rows, detects the end of the field with the help of the built-in cameras and switches to the next untilled row. This process is repeated until the end of the field is reached.

The “Rowesys” project at ETH Zurich, which is supported by Scheurer Swiss, impressively demonstrates how damage to people and the environment can be minimized with the help of digitalization and smart technology.

The practical test has shown that with “Rowesys” both the use of herbicides and the pollution of groundwater, air and produced goods can be massively reduced. “What motivated me about this project, apart from the relevance of what I learned and the chance to gain practical experience in teamwork, was the sustainability of herbicide-free sugar beet cultivation. Because up to now, there has been no investment in more sustainable production in this area of agriculture,” says Nico Burger, Software & Controls Team Rowesys.
“The focus project “Rowesys” is an example of how digitisation and the use of innovative materials can produce efficient and intelligent technical achievements. We congratulate the Rowesys team on their success and are pleased that we were able to support the team with our expertise in an advisory and operational capacity right up to the practical test”, Scheurer announced.

Your project in good hands

Scheurer Swiss GmbH is the only provider in Switzerland that offers the complete process from consulting to engineering and production within its service portfolio in the field of lightweight composite engineering. In addition, Scheurer Swiss GmbH provides high performance composite know-how in the context of professional and licensed personnel placement as well as customer-specific composite training on a long-term basis. We will be happy to advise you!

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Scheurer Swiss GmbH is commissioned to manufacture carbon-reinforced 3D printing components for the latest generation of the racing series “Castrol Toyota Racing Series“.

The well-known racing series “Castrol Toyota Racing Series” (TRS) based on a Formula 3 chassis is entering the next round: “Toyota GAZOO Racing New Zealand” has presented a brand new, more powerful racing car for the TRS 2020, the “Toyota FT-60”.
Scheurer Swiss GmbH supplied Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand with high-quality carbon-reinforced 3D printing components for the latest generation of the Toyota FT engine on behalf of the two renowned New Zealand-based companies “David Gouk Race Engines” and “Häberlin Composites”.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH is contracted to manufacture carbon reinforced 3D printed components for the latest generation of the racing series "Castrol Toyota Racing Series".

Scheurer Swiss GmbH is contracted to manufacture carbon reinforced 3D printed components for the latest generation of the racing series “Castrol Toyota Racing Series”.

The third generation race car of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series is based on a regional Formula 3-specific Tatuus chassis, powered by a two-litre Turbo 8AR FTS engine – a racing version of the 8AR FTS engine used in both Toyota and Lexus road vehicles. The engine is capable of producing 285 hp, a sharp increase over the 215 hp produced by the previous 1.8-liter unit.

Successful test run for 3D printing engine parts from Scheurer Swiss

The new racing car first hit the track in Italy in July, even before its race debut in 2020. Formula 2 and European Le Mans Series driver, Arjun Maini, completed 900 kilometres in the Toyota FT-60, spread over three different tracks – Vairano, Cremona and Franciacorta.

Formula 2 and European Le Mans Series driver, Arjun Maini, tests the new Toyota FT-60 and is satisfied.

Formula 2 and European Le Mans Series driver, Arjun Maini, tests the new Toyota FT-60 and is satisfied.

“It was a very positive first test,” said Maini, who finished fourth in the 2015 TRS season with the previous FT-50 race car. “The new engine ran very smoothly, it is powerful and the handling very good. Gear changes and downshifts also feel very good in combination with the new engine”.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH was commissioned by Häberlin Composites to optimise the design of carbon reinforced engine components for the test series of the Toyota FT-60 and to produce them in a very short time.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH was commissioned by Häberlin Composites to optimise the design of carbon reinforced engine components for the test series of the Toyota FT-60 and to produce them in a very short time.

“Scheurer Swiss GmbH has optimised the design of the carbon-reinforced engine components for the test series of the Toyota FT-60 on our behalf and produced them in the shortest possible time,” says Gregor Häberlin, owner of Häberlin Composites, with satisfaction. Häberlin Composites itself also supplies carbon parts for the Toyota FT-60, manufactured using the lamination process.

Carbon reinforced 3D printing makes it possible to use customised components outside of racing.

Carbon reinforced 3D printing makes it possible to use customised components outside of racing.

“It was possible only thanks to 3D printing to deliver the tailor-made Toyota FT-60 components of the test series in such a short time,” says Dominik Scheurer, CEO of Scheurer Swiss.
He confirms that the carbon-reinforced 3D printing process can also be used for industrial applications in the automotive sector, especially after the successful race track test run.

Planned series production of Scheurer Swiss engine parts

According to David Gouk of David Gouk Race Engines, the texture and material in the tests were not only visually convincing, but also withstood the enormous speed and heat as well as the compressive forces on the race track. “We are planning to go into series production soon with the 3D-printed carbon-reinforced engine components from Scheurer Swiss,” says the owner, who is considered a luminary in the field of engine development and has been successfully developing the engines of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series for years.

According to David Gouk of David Gouk Race Engines, the texture and material not only impressed visually in the tests, but also withstood the enormous speed and heat as well as the pressure forces on the race track.

According to David Gouk of David Gouk Race Engines, the texture and material not only impressed visually in the tests, but also withstood the enormous speed and heat as well as the pressure forces on the race track.

Toyota Racing series manager, Nicolas Caillol, is very satisfied with the quality of the 3D printed engine parts for the Toyota FT-60 supplied by Scheurer Swiss.

Toyota Racing series manager, Nicolas Caillol, is very satisfied with the quality of the 3D printed engine parts for the Toyota FT-60 supplied by Scheurer Swiss.

“We are very satisfied with the advice and service provided by Scheurer Swiss, in particular the flawless and fast delivery of the urgently needed carbon-reinforced components for the Toyota FT-60 test series”, Gouk continues.

Toyota Racing Series Manager, Nicolas Caillol, says: “The FT-60 is a modern car that offers more power and more drive than anything we have had in production before. We are very pleased with the quality of the 3D-printed engine parts that Scheurer Swiss supplied to us”.

Toyota Racing Series as a springboard for Formula 1 careers

The 2020 season of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series starts at the Highlands Motorsport Park in New Zealand in January 2020 and ends, after five consecutive weekends, with the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Manfeild Circuit “Chris Amon” in mid-February – one of the only two events outside Formula 1 that is officially allowed to use the term “Grand Prix”. Like this year, the series winner will receive up to seven super license points for possible Formula 1 careers.

“It’s a globally relevant car and a globally relevant championship for any serious young racer, and we hope to attract even more aspiring stars who want to take a step up in their careers. They can come from Formula 4, Formula 3, the women’s W Series or other Tier 3 categories of FIA leaders. It’s even relevant for those who have been successful in the Tier 2 categories, who want to consolidate and improve their skills or earn more super license points as they take their final step towards F1,” affirms Toyota Racing Series Manager Nicolas Caillol.

The Toyota FT-60 is a globally relevant car and the Toyota Racing Series is a globally relevant championship for any serious young racer.

The Toyota FT-60 is a globally relevant car and the Toyota Racing Series is a globally relevant championship for any serious young racer.

The winner of the W Series, Marta Garcia, is also considering the possibility of driving in early 2020 in New Zealand’s Castrol Toyota Racing Series.
The 19-year-old Spaniard dominated the Norisring race of the first season of the all-female Open Wheeler Series and finally finished fourth in the overall standings, with prize money of $100,000 and an automatic invitation to the 2020 W Series competition.

Scheurer Swiss develops and produces composites at the highest level

The owners of Scheurer Swiss GmbH, Dominik Scheurer (CEO) and Robert Tween (CTO), have both been involved in racing and motor sports in composite engineering for many years, including Jordan F1, Sauber F1 and Toyota Motorsport, and with the right design and the right composite materials they provided the necessary properties for the highly efficient mechanical performance of a Formula 1 racing car.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH is known for the development of highly efficient ultra-light and extremely stable composite components made of carbon, glass fibre or other fibre composites. It develops and produces customer-specific composite components that are used in racing and motor sports, aerospace, nautics, defence and security as well as industry. The highly efficient product development with state-of-the-art fibre composite technologies, including 3D printing, is rounded off with professional, state-licensed personnel recruitment and practice-oriented composite training courses – directly at the customer’s site. With over 30 years of experience in Formula 1 engineering, the fibre composite and lightweight construction specialist offers a unique complete service from a single source.

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Scheurer Swiss GmbH is the perfect partner when it comes to product development with state-of-the-art fibre composite technologies, personnel recruitment and composite training. We will be happy to advise you!

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ExoMars-Rover, Mars mission 2020

Scheurer Swiss GmbH is commissioned by RUAG Space with the development and construction of the ExoMars-Rover.

RUAG Space has engaged the Swiss engineering company “Scheurer Swiss GmbH”, renowned for its many years of expertise in fibre composite technologies, as engineering and production partner for the construction of the ExoMars-Rover. “Scheurer Swiss GmbH has actively supported RUAG Space in an advisory and operational capacity,” announces CEO Dominik Scheurer.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH provided extensive support to RUAG Space in the development and production of the ExoMars rover's carbon fibre chassis.

Scheurer Swiss GmbH provided extensive support to RUAG Space in the development and production of the ExoMars rover’s carbon fibre chassis.

“In particular in the engineering for the development of the carbon fibre chassis of the rover and in advance as consultant in the course of the acquisition of a suitable laser system for the purpose of the lamination process of the aforementioned carbon fibre chassis. Scheurer Swiss GmbH also provided extensive production support by successfully placing its specialised and competent specialists to RUAG Space, deploying them directly on site under the leadership of our experienced Chief Technology Officer, Robert Tween.”, explains Scheurer.

Homage to famous biochemist

The Mars rover co-developed by Scheurer Swiss, which will begin its journey to the red planet in 2020, is named after the famous British biochemist, Rosalind Franklin

The Mars rover co-developed by Scheurer Swiss, which will begin its journey to the red planet in 2020, is named after the famous British biochemist, Rosalind Franklin

In addition to Switzerland, other nations such as England are also part of the European space project and are developing, on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) under the direction of RUAG Space and Airbus Defence and Space, the suspension and carbon fibre chassis of the Mars rover named after the famous British biochemist Rosalind Franklin, which will begin its journey to the red planet in 2020. The finished suspension of the prospective Martian is currently in the RUAG Space test centre in Zurich and will be put through its paces using suitable substrates and scenarios.

Brand new control center as operational hub

At the same time, the brand new control centre for the ExoMars-Rover – the Rover Operations Control Centre (ROCC) – was inaugurated in Turin, Italy, by Thales Italia Space, the ExoMars-Rover Prime.

The ExoMars rover is undergoing controlled testing at the brand new Rover Operations Control Centre in Turin, Italy.

The ExoMars rover is undergoing controlled testing at the brand new Rover Operations Control Centre in Turin, Italy.

It is one of the largest European Martian shipyards and will be the operational hub which will coordinate the activities and drilling of the European-built laboratory on wheels upon arrival on the surface of Mars and will test them in advance on Earth in a controlled manner after the individual rover components will have been extensively tested in the respective countries and then assembled to form the complete ExoMars rover.
“This is the crucial place on Earth from where we will listen to the rover’s instruments, see what she sees and send commands to direct the search for evidence of life on and under the surface,” said Jan Wörner, ESA’s Director General. The ExoMars rover will be the first of its kind to both move across the Mars surface and to study it at depth with a drill able to collect samples from down to two metres into the surface.

The ExoMars rover will be the first of its kind to both move over and explore the surface of Mars in depth.

The ExoMars rover will be the first of its kind to both move over and explore the surface of Mars in depth.

“Thanks to ROCC, Europe will have the great opportunity to manage the activities of the rover on Mars and to plan and test its movements,” said Giorgio Saccoccia, president of the Italian space Agency ASI during the opening ceremony. “This will be the first step towards new robotic missions for the study of Mars and other celestial bodies.”

Launch in July 2020

The facilities will be buzzing with activity from July 2020, when a Proton rocket will insert the ExoMars spacecraft in an eight-month long interplanetary cruise, marking the beginning of an ambitious, scientific and robotic exploration mission.
And with RUAG Space and Scheurer Swiss GmbH, Switzerland is not only close at hand but right in the middle of it all!

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Impressions from the RUAG Space Test Centre:

Video provided by ESA