The Blog

19 Feb

MSS Provides Flight to New Mexico Student Team

Boulder, Colorado – February 18, 2010 – Masten Space Systems announced that it is offering the winner of the Next-generation Suborbital Research Conference 2010 Student Suborbital Experiment Competition a free zero gravity flight. The winning proposal was New Mexico State University’s “Experimental Validation of a Robotics-Based Inertial Property Identification Algorithm for Orbiting Spacecraft.” The flight

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04 Jan

Person Of The Year: The Space Entrepreneur – Aviation Week

The quiet work of space entrepreneurs is becoming reality, and metal and fire are streaking through the upper atmosphere into low Earth orbit. (Photo: Chad Slattery)…. Working quietly in the background since the days of viewgraphs, a group of space entrepreneurs has long been pitching far-fetched ideas to skeptical moneymen with the fervor of evangelists.

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30 Dec

Looking to 2010

We have had an incredible year. All the components and subsystems have finally come together into 2 flying vehicles. We designed and built the 750-LIT all aluminum engine, reworked Xombie from a 4 engine vehicle into a single engine vehicle, built Xoie in just 6 weeks, and cleaned up the NG-LLC. 2010 promises to be

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04 Dec

Spring Internship

As always, no moment like the last. As our internship page says, December 6 is the deadline for applications for the spring internship. That’s Sunday. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might be interested. It’s a little known fact, but we don’t actually require interns to be current students.

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08 Nov

Last Week’s Awards Event

From left to right, George Nield, Associate Administrator of Commercial Space Transportation, FAA; Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator; Doug Comstock, Director, Innovative Partnerships Program, NASA; David Masten, CEO, Masten Space Systems; Phil Eaton, VP, Operations, Armadillo Aerospace; U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX); Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation and Mitch Waldman, VP, Advanced Programs

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30 Oct

Masten Space Systems Qualifies for $1 Million Prize

Masten Space Systems Qualifies for $1 Million Prize FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mojave, California – October 30, 2009 – Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for first place in Level Two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday. Flying a brand new vehicle named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie), Masten demonstrated their ability to build, debug and fly

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28 Oct

Level 2 Flight Attempt Open Thread

This is where we will update things for most of this morning. Bigger events will get their own posts. — 2nd Leg Video from today: — Xoie on Pad A after successfully flying both legs of the Challenge. — The X goes on the pad (note the patch made to the concrete. Previous tests on

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25 Oct

Xoie and Miscellaneous Level 2 Update

Ed: This was taken from an ARocket update by Joel Scotkin on October 8. Some of the information is now outdated. Xoie (XA0.1e) Major Components RTK The Novatel RTK differential GPS worked amazing well. Real 2cm positioning was the main competitive advantage we thought we could nail for the LLC flights, and was clearly worth

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20 Oct

Tank Update

(This is from an ARocket post by Joel) Mr. Tank For Xoie we needed bigger tanks than on Xombie, but smaller than the 36inch tanks we had in house that were originally for a four-engine design. So we kicked off two science projects. We knew we really needed to squeeze for both weight and pressure

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