Lunar Lander Challenged

One small step for NASA, One giant leap for the X Prize

Waiver for space travel demo?

As the self-appointed World authority on NASA Centennial Challenge X Prize Northrop-Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, I must confess that I’m as confused as everyone else about the status of actual competitors in the contest this year.

John Carmack doesn’t sound optimistic about getting the experimental permit from the FAA that Armadillo will need to do this year what they more or less did last year, and also doesn’t sound in the mood to spend money performing at X Prize Cup if Armadillo can’t win the prize money.

An optimistic attendee of X Prize Cup teleconferences seems to think Armadillo could win first place in Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 and Lunar Lander Challenge Level 2.

Does anyone know? Is there such a thing as a waiver from FAA/AST that might make it possible for Lunar Lander Challenge to be won next week?


Written by Robin

October 12, 2006 at 11:11 pm

Posted in lunar lander

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  1. I’m not an that familiar with the FAA regs in this regards, but IIRC there is a limit of something like a 15 sec burn time for ‘amateur’ rockets. If this is the case, a simple waiver such as those obtained for sport rocketry would not apply.

    Dick Stafford

    October 13, 2006 at 11:36 am

  2. Maybe some kind of complicated waiver?

    Calling the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation…

    Any help?


    October 13, 2006 at 11:58 am

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