spacetoday.net: space news from around the webin association with SpaceNews


Beagle 2 could miss Mars Express launch
Posted: Fri, Sep 20, 2002, 8:11 AM ET (1211 GMT)
Beagle 2 lander illustration (Beagle 2) Britain's Beagle 2 Mars lander is in danger of missing its ride to Mars next year on ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, according to reports published Thursday. The BBC and New Scientist each reported that ESA is concerned that the lander will not be completed by its January deadline, in which case it would be left behind and only the Mars Express orbiter would be launched. David Southwood, ESA's director of science, said that the Beagle 2 project had to seek additional funds, perhaps from the British government, a claim that Colin Pillinger, head of the project, would not confirm. Pillinger did say engineers were working as hard as they could to assemble the lander in a special clean room at the Open University in the UK, and he believed the lander would be completed on schedule.
Related Links:
<<previous article   next article>>
news in brief
Soyuz upper stage issue may delay first OneWeb launch
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:34 AM ET (1534 GMT)

SSL backs out of satellite servicing program with DARPA
Posted: Sat, Feb 2 10:31 AM ET (1531 GMT)


news links
Friday, February 15
Is Orbex the European SpaceX?
Verdict — 7:08 am ET (1208 GMT)


about spacetoday.net   ·   info@spacetoday.net   ·   mailing list