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Re: EU Mission to Mars

I think I recall reading the same thing about Mars Observer about 10 years
ago: "Built quickly and cheaply from commercial Earth orbiting satellite
parts". We know how well that worked.

Dan Schultz N8FGV

Jeffrey Davis <ke9v@comcast.net> wrote: 

>The preparation for Europe.s mission to Mars is nearing completion as it
>heads towards the final stages. The Beagle 2 Lander is due to be
>transported from the UK to France in January next year when it will be
>attached to the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft. 

>The Mars Express spacecraft is the fastest-built satellite of its type
>in the history of space engineering. By using technology previously
>developed for other satellites ESA have dramatically cut the amount of
>time taken from concept to build. This has also cut the cost of the
>mission without compromising its quality. 

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