I wasn't aware of the follow-on rover project.
Some things to be concerned about:
Concerns have been raised about how to pay for the project's escalating costs and whether engineers can ready the rover in time for a safe launch next fall. NASA has poured $1.5 billion into the project, but the final price tag is expected to be close to $2 billion.
So much for quicker better cheaper, or whatever that saying was...
In recent public meetings, McCuistion noted that the Mars Science Lab would likely cause "financial collateral damage" to other space missions to pay for cost overruns.
Last week, James Green, who heads NASA's planetary science division, said possible funding sources could come from the Juno Jupiter mission and the lunar Grail and Ladee projects.
A group of scientists that advises NASA on planetary missions called this week for an outside investigation into the Mars Science Lab's financial troubles. The scientists noted that the pricey project was a "poor model for future missions."
The article doesn't say why they needed to upsize this rover to the size of a SUV.
Anyone have any good references?