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There Are Rockets – and There Are Vehicles

Watching the armadillo 201 m hop http://media.armadilloaerospace.com/2009_10_24/2009_10_24_boosted_hop.wmv NASA’s Ares-1X http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html and Masten Space’s Xoie L2 flight http://twitter.com/NGLLC09 Two of these are elegant controllable reusable vehicles, able to take off fly and land in various weather conditions and corn fields. One … Continue reading

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Lunar Lander Challenge 2009

Armadillo finally won L2 already. Masten and Unreasonable are still flying for second place I think (I’m not 100% clear on the rules) today! Spacetransportnews is the place to watch all this. (Or it has the links collected.) It’s historical … Continue reading

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TrueZer0 Lunar Lander Challenge Team

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5AVvV91M4o&eurl=http://www.truezer0.com/] Truezero is using metric units (I hear liters mentioned on one video)! That must save a lot of trouble, compare that to Flometrics’ engineering students measuring flow rates at gallons per minute. 🙂 Truezero has a quite different approach … Continue reading

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X-Prize cup 2007, a test for reusable rocketry

Well, as has been noted in the newspace circles, Armadillo Aerospace failed to win the lunar lander challenge even after coming very close in 2006 already, and being even closer this time. Their report text is here and videos and … Continue reading

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