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Emirates Mars Mission (Hope)



The Emirates Mars Mission, or "Hope", is a Mars mission scheduled to launch in July 2020. Built by the United Arab Emirates, the mission will orbit Mars and study the dynamics of the martian atmosphere and its interaction with outer space and the solar wind. The primary scientific objectives are to search for the connection between current martian weather and the ancient climate of Mars, study the loss mechanisms of Mars' atmosphere to space by tracking the behavior and escape of hydrogen and oxygen, investigate how the lower and upper levels of the martian atmosphere are connected, and create a global picture of how the martian atmosphere varies throughout the day and year.

Spacecraft and Subsystems

The Emirates Mars Mission has a total mass, including fuel, of 1500 kg. It is a hexagonal prism, 2.37 m wide by 2.90 m tall, constructed of honeycomb aluminum panels with composite facesheets, with three solar panels affixed to the top platform. The solar panels provide 600 W at Mars, charging batteries to run the spacecraft. Communications are through a 1.5 m diameter high-gain dish antenna mounted on the top deck of the spacecraft, it will allow communication rates of 1.6 Mbps at the minimum Earth-Mars distance to 250 kbps at its furthest point.

Propulsion is provided by four to six 120-N thrusters mounted on the bottom of the spacecraft, with maneuvering and attitude control via 8 to 12 5-N reaction control system thrusters and a set of reaction wheels. Positional and orientation knowledge is provided by star trackers.

It will carry three scientific instruments mounted on one side of the spacecraft. The Emirates eXploration Imager is a high resolution color camera, the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS), and the Emirates Mars InfraRed Spectrometer (EMIRS)

Mission Profile

The mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 on a Japanese-built booster. After a 200 day cruise to Mars, Hope will enter an elliptical 22000 x 44000 km orbit with a period of 55 hours and a lower inclination than most Mars polar-orbiting spacecraft. Two years of science operations are planned, beginning in mid-2021, with a possibility of a two-year extension to do more science into 2025.

Alternate Names

    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2020-07-01
    Launch Vehicle: Not Applicable
    Launch Site: Unknown,

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown United Arab Emirates


    • Planetary Science

    Additional Information

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