Bridget – Better Than Beagle

Scientists from EADS Astrium (based in my home-town, as it happens) have unveiled their autonomous robot-rover contender for the next European Space Agency Mars mission. ‘Bridget’ takes the design concepts of the unlucky Beagle rover and expands on its capabilities – she’s faster, has more data-gathering tools, and has a bunch of sensors included to ensure she doesn’t get lost in the landing process like her predecessor did.