03.03.2015 – MAQRO not in the shortlist for the M4 mission

We received the news from ESA today that MAQRO has not been selected for the shortlist of candidate mission proposals that will be investigated in more detail. This is not completely unexpected given the amount of technological development we still have to perform and the tight time frame of ESA for the M4 mission.

Nevertheless, we have made impressive progress in the course of preparing the M4 mission proposal – we addressed many technical issues that were yet unresolved in our M3 proposal, we got endorsement from several European national agencies, and we made a huge step towards defining a technically feasible mission design. All these efforts will provide a sound foundation for our future efforts towards realizing a fundamental science mission to test the foundations of quantum physics in space.