Things looking up for Armadillo Lunar Lander Challenge bids
When LiveScience blogger (and senior Space.com writer) Leonard David went to sleep last night, there was some concern that Armadillo’s Lunar Lander Challenge vehicles Pixel and Texel had encountered difficulty crossing the Texas border.
But — not to worry, the Armadillo team was seen at breakfast this morning in the coffee shop of a Las Cruces motel.
And the news is better than eXpected: There is still a chance that they’ll fly in both categories: Level 1 (sometimes known as Vertical Lander Challenge), the 90-second hover and translation, and also Level 2 (always known as Lunar Lander Challenge), which requires 180 seconds hover time and landing on a simulated lunar surface.
“We plan to fly Level 1 on Friday morning,” team leader John Carmack revealed. “Then Friday afternoon we’ll do the pre-qualifying flight for Level 2. If that’s successful, we’ll go for Level 2 on Saturday.”
If they succeed at both levels, Armadillo will take home a total of $1.35 million. Level 1 first prize is $350,000 and Level 2 is $1 million.