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Ukraine crisis likely to delay ExoMars 2022


(28 Feb 2022) ESA said in a statement that "We are fully implementing sanctions imposed on Russia by our Member States. We are assessing the consequences on each of our ongoing programmes conducted in co-operation with the Russian state space agency Roskosmos and align our decisions to the decisions of our Member States in close coordination with industrial and international partners (in particular with NASA on the International Space Station)."

The agency said that "Regarding the Soyuz launch campaign from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, we take note of the Roskosmos decision to withdraw its workforce from Kourou. We will consequently assess for each European institutional payload under our responsibility the appropriate launch service based notably on launch systems currently in operation and the upcoming Vega C and Ariane 6 launchers.

"Regarding the ExoMars programme continuation, the sanctions and the wider context make a launch in 2022 very unlikely. ESA's Director General will analyse all the options and prepare a formal decision on the way forward by ESA Member States."

Reference: ESA PR

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