The WAM instrument
Goal / WAM (Wave Analyser Module) aims to provide the first direct proof of lightning-like discharges in dust and wind storms on Mars' surface. Another goal is to observe radio waves propagating from interplanetary space to Mars' surface.
Basic facts / WAM is a part of the MAIGRET instrument and consists of a spectral analyzer, that processes a signal from the magnetometer in the frequency range from 100 Hz to 20 kHz. The receiver is being built at the Department of Space Physics, Institute of Atmospheric Physics CAS.
Mission / ExoMars 2020 consists of the robotic rover and surface platform. The main goal is to land the rover in a region with a high chance of observing organic materials, especially those from the early phase of the planet.
Launch data / 2020
Instrumentation / Optical cameras, UV, IR, laser and neutron spectrometers, thermometers, particle and dust detectors, seismograph, electromagnetic field sensors.
Landing / Oxia Planum or Mawrth Vallis
Mission lifetime / 9 months cruise phase and 1 year scientific mission on the surface