Lunar Lander Challenged

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Lunar Lander paperwork-challenged

Masten Space XA-0.1
Blurry spycam photo of Dave Masten and Pierce Nichols yesterday at Mojave Spaceport, with Masten Space Systems‘ very impressive Lunar Lander Challenger. They will load it in the pickup truck and take it to Las Cruces next week, and they could probably fly it, Dave said, but they haven’t yet, so according to the Rules they won’t be able to do so in New Mexico.


Written by Robin

October 10, 2006 at 12:34 am

Posted in lunar lander

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  1. The next lunar lander…

    Four decades ago, the engineers who built the Apollo program’s moon lander were focused on one thing: John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing humans on the moon and returning them safely to the earth.
    “Exploration, and lunar …

    Cosmic Log

    October 10, 2006 at 1:02 pm

  2. That isn’t a very good characterization. I doubt anyone from Masten would disagree with the following statement:

    They do not have an experimental permit yet, but that isn’t the gating factor. The gating factor is that the technical development of the vehicle isn’t completed.

    Lets not make paperwork a scapegoat. The paperwork is indeed a problem, and I have a big list of gripes about the process, but it is only about 25% of the effort. The remaining 75% of the problems are technical.

    Even if they had the paperwork and they felt the technical development actually was complete, you shouldn’t expect it to work correctly on an initial attempt at flight.

    I was very much hoping to see at least a tethered demo flight, so I am dissapointed about this.

    John Carmack

    John Carmack

    October 11, 2006 at 1:00 am

  3. Masten Space didn’t claim it would work correctly on the first flight, they just said they could probably fly it.

    But the contest rule that says you have to do two successful qualifying flights to compete on the day is the paperwork that will keep them from flying in New Mexico.

    Does Armadillo have its experimental permit?

    Will you fly Pixel and/or Texel next week?


    October 11, 2006 at 8:53 am

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