Inquiry probes Beagle 2 failure

February 2005
Engineer (00137758);2/11/2005, Vol. 293 Issue 7668, p7
This article focuses on a report that probes Beagle 2 failure, from the joint Commission of Inquiry, set up by Lord Sainsbury and ESA director-general Jean-Jacques Dordain. The report identified a number of mistakes that undermined the project from the outset, most notably that Beagle 2 was seen as a scientific instrument rather than a spacecraft in its own right, echoing the findings of a previous ESA report, and that the project had no real organized funding. The inquiry said handling the Beagle 2 mission was too big a job for the Open University team and should have been managed by an organisation with relevant experience.


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