Meet Masten

Our Story

Masten Space Systems was born in the Mojave Desert by our founder and CTO David Masten with one idea in mind: tear down the barriers to space.

David believed rockets should operate more like airplanes than ballistic missiles. That’s why we use reusable technologies, autonomous systems, and small operational teams so our rockets can launch, land, refuel, and fly again. This approach allows us to test often, iterate quickly, and reduce costs for each flight.

Not to toot our own horn, but Masten has the most successful rocket-powered landings in the industry with more than 600 flights across five reusable rockets.

Now we’re applying our terrestrial rocket experience to lunar delivery missions. We’re using the agility of a startup and experience of big aerospace to ensure precision landings on the Moon and other celestial bodies in our solar system.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: accelerate the realization of space ecosystems on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. These ecosystems include space infrastructure, research and development, and new commercial applications.

We’ll achieve this mission by first enabling regular, reliable access to the lunar surface. Then we’ll make it possible to extract and utilize extraterrestrial resources like water, methane, and rare-Earth metals. Turns out these resources can be pretty useful for fuel, power, and manufacturing.

This may sound like a tall order, but we’ve been preparing for lunar and Martian missions for nearly two decades.

Working directly with NASA, defense, and commercial pioneers, we develop the tech it takes to break down the barriers to space. We test technologies aboard our rocket-powered landers to advance space readiness. And we provide end-to-end mission solutions to deliver payloads aboard our planetary landers.

Our Vision

The ultimate goal? Unlock the value in space to benefit humans on Earth.

That means for us, it’s not just about bragging rights. We believe the solar system is an untapped source of value for the industry, economy, and environment.

It’s the key to drive high-tech talent and millions of high-paying jobs. And it’s the key to solve climate change by moving heavy industry to space and extracting planetary resources that preserve our resources on Earth.

So how do we get there? We create a future where lunar landings are commonplace, space ecosystems are thriving, and humankind is benefiting from resources extracted across the solar system.

Masten Space Systems was born in the Mojave Desert by our founder and CTO David Masten with one idea in mind: tear down the barriers to space.

David believed rockets should operate more like airplanes than ballistic missiles. That’s why we use reusable technologies, autonomous systems, and small operational teams so our rockets can launch, land, refuel, and fly again. This approach allows us to test often, iterate quickly, and reduce costs for each flight.

Not to toot our own horn, but Masten has the most successful rocket-powered landings in the industry with more than 600 flights across five reusable rockets.

Now we’re applying our terrestrial rocket experience to lunar delivery missions.

We’re using the agility of a startup and experience of big aerospace to ensure precision landings on the Moon and other celestial bodies in our solar system.

Our Mission

Our mission is simple: accelerate the realization of space ecosystems on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. These ecosystems include space infrastructure, research and development, and new commercial applications.

We’ll achieve this mission by first enabling regular, reliable access to the lunar surface. Then we’ll make it possible to extract and utilize extraterrestrial resources like water, methane, and rare-Earth metals. Turns out these resources can be pretty useful for fuel, power, and manufacturing.

This may sound like a tall order, but we’ve been preparing for lunar and Martian missions for nearly two decades.

Working directly with NASA, defense, and commercial pioneers, we develop the tech it takes to break down the barriers to space. We test technologies aboard our rocket-powered landers to advance space readiness. And we provide end-to-end mission solutions to deliver payloads aboard our planetary landers.

Our Vision

The ultimate goal? Unlock the value in space to benefit humans on Earth.

That means for us, it’s not just about bragging rights. We believe the solar system is an untapped source of value for the industry, economy, and environment.

It’s the key to drive high-tech talent and millions of high-paying jobs. And it’s the key to solve climate change by moving heavy industry to space and extracting planetary resources that preserve our resources on Earth.

So how do we get there? We create a future where lunar landings are commonplace, space ecosystems are thriving, and humankind is benefiting from resources extracted across the solar system.

Our Flight Path

2004

Masten was founded by CTO David Masten; Team begins developing reusable, vertical takeoff and vertical landing rocket technologies

2009

Xombie and Xoie terrestrial landers enter service; Xoie wins NASA’s Centennial Lunar Lander X-Prize Challenge

2010

Xaero-A terrestrial lander enters service; Masten is first to successfully re-light a VTVL rocket engine during flight with its Xombie vehicle

2011

Masten partners with the United Launch Alliance to design Xeus, a lunar lander for heavy cargo delivery

2013

Masten begins test flights to mature NASA JPL’s G-FOLD algorithm and Lander Vision System that helps enable a successful Mars 2020 mission

2014

Xaero-B terrestrial lander enters service; Masten is selected for NASA’s Lunar CATALYST initiative to partner on lunar landing technologies

2015

Xodiac terrestrial lander enters service to test and mature critical space technologies for government and commercial customers 

2016

Masten completes design, build, and test of its 25,000 lbf thrust rocket engine, Broadsword, following a NASA Tipping Point award

2017

Masten pioneers patent-pending additive manufacturing approach for 3D-printed rocket engine injectors that improve performance and lower development costs

2020

Masten wins NASA CLPS award to deliver payloads to the lunar south pole on the XL-1 lunar lander; Wins two NASA Tipping Points awards to build new terrestrial lander Xodgor and develop metal oxidation warming system, enabling landers to survive the lunar night