Final Flashline Station Paradrop Unsuccessful Mars Society

The last of a series of five paradrops delivering construction materials and equipment for the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station failed to place its cargo safely on Devon Island this weekend. The first four paradrops of station elements went smoothly and delivered the structure’s wall, dome sections and other equipment. An unknown mechanical failure during the fifth drop resulted in heavy damage to the station’s floor panels and accompanying construction equipment. Said Mars Society president Robert Zubrin of the mishap, “Paradrops are by nature a risky business. It’s a setback, but we’re already examining our options for recovering from it.”