Masten’s vertical landing launch vehicles provide unique opportunities to test and analyze the physics of landing conditions and evaluate plume mitigation techniques. We’ve been working with plume impingement and mitigation experts from multiple practices to evaluate their theories for plume mitigation.
In December 2010, Masten won a SBIR to study Plume Impingement situations and build a mobile testbed for field demonstration and flexible testing scenarios. We continue to work with plume analysts, landing pad designers, physicists, and those using in-situ resource simulants to develop potential mitigation techniques. In the future we foresee opportunities to evaluate not just landing pad and plume mitigation techniques, but also the opportunity to evaluate potential operations flow for future extraterrestrial outposts.
With precise hovering and landing capability, our rockets provide the ideal earth-based testbed for these materials before being used on lunar or martian surfaces in coordination with autonomous precision landing capabilities being tested by our GN&C and flight operations group.