Why not fly at X Prize Cup
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Commenting on Lunar Lander paperwork-challenged
# John Carmack Says:
October 11th, 2006 at 1:00 am e
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.
# Robin Says:
October 11th, 2006 at 8:53 am e
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?
Update 12:47 pm, Dave Masten responds in comments. Er, comment.