The Institute for Space Research and Technology presented the international project "ExoMars" with the participation of Bulgarian equipment

1 IKITThe Institute for Space Research and Technology (ISRT) - BAS organized on 14 March 2016 in the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences a press conference on the topic "Presentation of the project "ExoMars" of the European and Russian space agencies and the Bulgarian equipment "Lyulin-MO", which was created by the Institute.

Prof. Yordanka Semkova and Prof. Tsvetan Datchev – team leaders of the creators of the dosimetric equipment for the project "ExoMars" presented the participation of ISRT in the project.
The Institute for Space Research and Technology developed the dosimetric equipment Lyulin-ML, as part of the Russian neutron detector ADRON of the Martian platform and it will participate in the second phase of the project "ExoMars" which provides for the landing of a Mars rover and platform for work on the surface of the planet in 2018.

On the same day at 11:31 Bulgarian local time the launch of the satellite Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) under the joint project "ExoMars" was held. The main objective of the project is to search for traces of past or present biological life on Mars. The satellite TGO will examine the content of gases in the atmosphere of Mars, which could have a biological origin, and will map the subsurface ice.

In parallel, on board the satellite radiation measurements will be carried out with the created at ISRT- BAS equipment "Lyulin-MO". The dosimetry equipment "Lyulin-MO" is part of the Russian neutron spectrometer FREND of the orbital companion TGO of "ExoMars" and was developed and funded under the contract between ISRT-BAS and the Institute for Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).

Bulgaria has had the status of a cooperating country with the European Space Agency since 2015, which provides broader opportunities to participate in international projects.