Lunar Lander Entreprenauts
Clark at RLV and Space Transport News noticed that science writer and entreprenaut investigator Michael Belfiore visited Armadillo Aerospace in Texas and made this observation:
Carmack’s getting serious about turning Armadillo from a band of dedicated amateurs into a profit-making company, and he’s already lining up some business deals that could mark a real turning point for the company, even apart from a win at the Lunar Lander Challenge.
Michael says he’ll visit Mojave Spaceport tomorrow, the new home of Masten Space Systems and longtime location of Interorbital Systems, so more Lunar Lander Challenge news may soon be Dispatched from the Final Frontier.
X Prize Foundation’s new name for the DARPA-funded Level 1 of Lunar Lander Challenge is the Vertical Rocket Challenge. This name is too bland to bear, so I’m just going to ignore it unless X Prize announces it’s adding a Horizontal Rocket Challenge to the roster of contests for X Prize Cup 2006.