Did it say anything about a patch kit? Prehaps that is being done by another department. I have to say that an extention to the shuttle arm that will let the crew inspect the underside of the orbiter is a very good idea.
Lending A Hand, An Arm… And A Boom
Well duh… I thought they had this already.
Russia Suggests Spaceship Standardization
See it while it is still opperational. It will be a sad sad day when the suits pull the funding plug on this national asset.
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)
Oops, I hope it turns out to be a simple problem like a lose wire or connector. That could be fixed with another spacewalk in a few months.
German Robot On ISS Does Not Work