Dr Kevin Beurle (19 January 1956 – 29 May 2009) was a British space scientist and programmer at Queen Mary, University of London, who played a key role in the Cassini–Huygens mission to study Saturn and its moons. He was a specialist in space imaging systems. He was the lead Cassini programmer at QMUL, developing software and designing the spacecraft's observation sequences.
Beurle had one daughter, Angharad, born in 1983, and was a fifth-generation vegetarian. He was a keen scuba diver  amongst other water sports. He began formal diving training in 1997 and trained up to the level of PADI Staff Instructor by the time of his death. He was also an enthusiastic mountaineer and skier.
Beurle died on 29 May 2009 when the hot-air balloon he was riding in collided with another and plummeted 50 m (160 ft) to the ground shortly after take-off in Cappadocia, Turkey. He was the only fatality, though others suffered severe and, in one case, critical injuries.
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- British space scientist Kevin Beurle dies after hot air balloons collide in Turkey TimesOnline
- British tourist killed in hot air balloon crash in Turkey Telegraph.co.uk
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