On the face of it, this article is just another example of misplaced
bureaucratic criticism based on 20-20 hindsight.
However, the report’s phrase “should have never been built” amuses me.
It sounds like the Beagle II killed all the scientists, took over the
national computing grid and enslaved humanity, rather than merely failed
to survive the landing.
The second amusing point is that a quote regarding the commission report
from the mission’s lead scientist makes it clear that the real reason
for the failure was a math error in the programming: “I refute that
105%,” he says.
Beagle 2 ‘should never have been built’
(thank you agent Greg for this dead on news)