When European Space agency lost contact with its Schiaparelli lander as it attempted to land on Mars, researchers speculated that bad navigational data or computer related problems caused the crash. The scientists has now provided a final report which confirmed software related issues caused the crash.
The report also provided suggestions for future mission before highlighting the timeline for the crash. The report noted that the lander’s navigation system thought the spacecraft was closer to the ground and released the parachute early which resulted in a free fall of the capsule as the spacecraft was still more than two miles over the surface.
The report revealed the spacecraft’s problems related to parachute modeling along with an insufficient approach to Failure Detection, Isolation and Recovery and design robustness. The report will serve as a guideline for ESA as it will being its ExoMars mission pretty soon.