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10 Oct

750-3 Engine Module Development Update

(This is a combination of Joel’s ARocket post and some more details from me — Jon) 750-3 Engine Development At the time of my last detailed update, back in June, we had just flown our 60 second hover on our first aluminum chamber (the -2AS). A while after the flight, we disassembled the engine, and

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10 Oct

LLC Flight Review and Update

(Much of this is from an email Joel Scotkin sent to ARocket on Thursday) We had a tremendous day yesterday, and the team did an absolutely phenomenal job. We’ve been a little bit quiet during the competition period, but (especially given all the press around yesterday – Bloomberg turned our office into a broadcast studio with XoiE in

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09 Oct

XA-0.1E public debut via Spacevidcast.com

Ben and Michael were guests on Spacevidcast’s show last night. Michael did the typical pointy haired marketing thing but Ben stole the show by taking his laptop on a tour of the shop and the first ever public viewing of Xoie (“XA0.1E”):

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08 Oct

Masten Space Systems Successfully Completes Lunar Lander Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Masten Space Systems Successfully Completes Lunar Lander Challenge  Mojave, California – October 8, 2009 – Masten Space Systems successfully completed level one of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge X Prize Wednesday. The 715lb vehicle originally named XA0.1B – referred to as “Xombie” – completed two flights to qualify for the $150,000

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07 Oct

Successful Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 Flight!!!

We successfully flew the Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 flight. We are still waiting on the official judges ruling on our qualification to win the $150,000 prize but so far it looks good. We will be posting media links and selective tweets here over the rest of today. Videos will be posted separately when they

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03 Oct

Suborbital Research

Alan Stern has a good article in the latest Space News: Next-Generation Suborbital Spaceflight: A Research Bonanza at 100 Kilometers. For most people reading our blog you are probably familiar with the unique capabilities that the suborbital spaceflight industry can offer but Alan’s list of features is about as succinct as you can get: Frequent

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22 Sep

Masten Space Completes First Untethered Flights, Competes in Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Masten Space Completes First Untethered Flights, Competes in Challenge Mojave, California – September 21, 2009 – Masten Space Systems successfully demonstrated multiple sustained free flights of its XA-0.1B vertical take-off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket this past week. The longest flight was 93 seconds and involved a flight between two pads 60 meters

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15 Sep

Media Alert: Masten Space Systems Attempts Launch of Lunar Lander Rocket

***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT*** MASTEN SPACE SYSTEMS ATTEMPTS LAUNCH OF LUNAR LANDER ROCKET VEHICLE TO QUALIFY FOR NORTHROP GRUMMAN LUNAR LANDER CHALLENGE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE Launch Scheduled For Sept. 16, 2009 at Mojave Air & Space Port, CA WHAT: On Sept. 16, Masten Space Systems will be the second of at least three teams attempting

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15 Sep

First Successful Free Flight

In preparation for our Lunar Lander Challenge flight tomorrow the company just flew its first untethered free flight! Video and details to come soon! Ain’t that the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?!

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