The caption in this Space dot com video says that Schiaparelli will drop the last two meters, and the shock will be absorbed by a crushable structure.
It is described in the text accompanying this video Schiaparelli's Descent to Mars in Real Time
In six minutes it will use a heatshield, parachute and thrusters to brake from 21 000 km/h to a near standstill 2 m above the surface, where a crushable structure on its underside will absorb the final shock.
However, the "Two Meters of Terror" look a little too fast in the video in this BBC website article considering Mars' low gravity. It looks a little more realistic here:
above: GIF animation of Schiaparelli landing from here.
Since there are plenty of rocks on Mars of all sizes, how will Schiaparelli manage to land so that its crushable structure hits first? Am I understanding the image correctly - is the entire underside of Schiaparelli one big crushable-structure?
Looking at the images below the RDA assembly seems to be delicate instrumentation that will actually hit the surface first. I don't know why the crushed/damaged areas on the edge/periphery are representative, I'd expect the center to hit first.
above: "Crushable Landing Structure after test drop – Photo: ESA" from here
Why is it only crushed on two opposite edges simultaneously, but not in the middle?
above: "Crushable Landing Structure Design – Image: ESA" from here
above: "Schiaparelli - View from Beneath" from here.