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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 Some of the information is now outdated.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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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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