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Wednesday, November 3, 2004



Britain Prepares Beagle 3 Lander

Artist's conception of <i>Beagle 2: Evolution</i> descending.
Artist's conception of Beagle 2: Evolution descending.
Credit: Unknown (BBC)
Britain is preparing a new Beagle lander as a replacement for the failed Beagle 2. To be included as part of the ESA's Aurora program and as a precursor to the ExoMars project, it will be called "Beagle 2: Evolution" and will not simply be a copy of the original lander. Featuring a new airbag system, advanced solar panels that need only half the surface area of the old ones, 60% more battery life, and possibly a direct-communications antenna to contact Earth during descent and perhaps afterwards, it will be a significant improvement over the old lander. And "it" is a misnomer, as two of them will be launched and dropped onto the surface of Mars, similar to the ongoing Mars Exploration Rovers.

(More info: BBC)


- posted by Brian @ 18:46 EST