It was the question on everyone’s lips. What did become of Beagle2?

Well, if you pop along to the BA Festival of Science on Wednesday September 8, 2004 you might just find out more!

Barrie Kirk will talk about the role of engineers within the UK Space industry which although largely unsung and under-funded is still vibrant. He will recall some of the key space developments of the past 30 years and the benefits they have brought to society. He will outline some of the current and future programmes in which the British space industry is actively involved which encompass communications, navigation, earth observation, planetary exploration and science missions. These exciting projects include Lisa Pathfinder a precursor to a mission to measure gravitational waves and Aeolus to map the world’s winds using a Laser radar (Lidar).

Finally he will talk about the exploration of Mars, how the Beagle2 project succeeded in bringing widespread public attention to the UK space industry and its importance in encouraging students in Britain to pursue a career in science, engineering or technology.

He will explain the the latest thoughts on causes of the loss of the spacecraft and what projects are under consideration to further explore the Red Planet

Supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the whole day promises to be a treat for all those attending with six presentations in total, a panel session and press conference.

Notes for editors

  1. Barrie Kirk is now Chief Executive of Zaffre Limited, a new company specialising in consultancy on advanced space and building services. He has over 30 years experience in the aerospace industry and was a designer on the prototype European Airbus and a senior project engineer on OTS, the first European geo-stationary communications satellite. Recently he has held project management positions at EADS Astrium on the Cluster 2, Integral and Rosetta spacecraft programmes and was the Project Manager for Beagle 2.

    Graphics available:
    (1) 12 hours before launch of Beagle 2 (credit: B.Kirk)
    (2) Lisa Pathfinder (credit: EADS Astrium)
    (3) Aeolus (credit: ESA/ EADS Astrium)
  2. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  3. BA is the UK’s nationwide, open membership organisation dedicated to connecting science with people, so that science and its applications become accessible to all. The BA aims to promote openness about science in society and to engage and inspire people directly with science and technology and their implications.
  4. BA Festival of Science is one of the UK’s biggest science festivals. It attracts 400 of the best scientists and science communicators from home and abroad who reveal the latest developments in research to a general audience.
    The BA Festival of Science 2004 will take place at the University of Exeter from 6 - 10 September 2004, and throughout the city from 4 - 11 September

For more information please contact

Dr Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Craig Brierley at the BA, tel: 020 7019 4947