Lunar Lander Challenged

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

Future Girl

Megan Miller tours the 2006 Wirefly X Prize Cup for …

Written by Robin

October 25, 2006 at 2:48 pm

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X Prize Cup missing video

X Prize Cup on-demand video page at is stuck at last Friday’s highlights, and still looks like it did three weeks ago. Matt at Armadillo is taking an awfully long time to post the team’s videos of Pixel’s flights — one camera was placed midway in the flight path and recorded the view up the rocket nozzle. A pirate videographer who even snagged a guerilla interview with Anousheh Ansari found his digital media had gone missing at the end of the day.

Meanwhile, now playing on YouTube channel kdavidian (by Ken Davidian, NASA contractor): Flight of Armadillo Aerospace’s Pixel quad vehicle to qualify for its FAA-AST experimental permit, Thursday, 19 October 2006.

Written by Robin

October 25, 2006 at 11:15 am

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Lunar Lander Challenge Win

The trouble with divining the future by dowsing is that you must be very specific about the question.

The “Yes” answer to the question “Will Armadillo win Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 tomorrow?” turned out to be slightly misleading because the question did not specifically ask about the prize money. But the answer wasn’t wrong because Armadillo did win. Pixel flew three beautiful one-way flights, did not crash and barely burned.

Armadillo Lunar Lander Challenge team and X Prize leaders

Tommy, Matt, Phil, Joseph, Peter, James, John, Russ, Neil (not pictured) and Bob

Other eXciting teams demonstrated their rocket technology prowess and nothing blew up. X Prize Cup is getting better every year.

Written by Robin

October 21, 2006 at 6:45 pm

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Armadillo will win Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 tomorrow

An interesting special attraction of the International Symposium on Personal Spaceflight was the Dowsing Workshop.

According to divination conducted with copper L-Rods purchased from the Farm and Ranch Museum gift shop, Armadillo will win Level 1 of Lunar Lander Challenge tomorrow, but will not win Level 2.

Written by Robin

October 20, 2006 at 10:01 pm

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Good advice

(On the advice of a certain person who works at a somewhat secretive spaceship company in the low-cost spaceship capital of the world, I have decided to stop doing shoddy journalism and pesky critiques of fledging space prizes and go try to win one myself.

…which is actually how I got started here in the first place.)

Written by Robin

October 20, 2006 at 8:13 pm

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Lunar Lander Challenge news & live blogs

Contrary to the predictions of several normally reliable space race journalists, Lunar Lander Challenge will not be updated during the event. That’s because I am not really a serious journalist, just a part-time public service blogger whose mission is mostly accomplished now, except for rounding up the news clippings and collecting them here for future scholars of Lunar Lander Challenge.

New Space Race at Rocket fest begins with noble failures X Prize Cup Welcome to the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup On-Demand Video Archives
Don’t miss a moment of the 2006 Earth’s Great Space Exposition! Watch the thrilling events as teams compete in the Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, Elevator Games, and more! Enjoy all the action, expos and events.

LiveScience Blog by “X PRIZE Cup” Lunar Lander Rocket Flies But Fails in Bid for Prize Dollars

HobbySpace RLV & Space Transport News: All-day coverage begins here. And ends (?) here. All-day coverage begins here.

Transterrestrial Musings: All-day coverage begins here.

Cosmic Log: Lunar Lander Goes Halfway

Cosmic Log: At the Rocket Circus

Los Angeles Times: X Prize Cup Contestant to Shoot for Faux Moon

Flight International: It’s cold out here in the desert at the Wirefly X Prize Cup event, waiting for the Northrop lunar lander challenge

NASA Watch: Text of X Prize Foundation Space Act Agreement — Agreement between NASA and The X Prize Foundation for the Lunar Analog Challenge

Written by Robin

October 20, 2006 at 8:00 pm

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alt X Prize Cup coverage?

Possible amateur video coverage via YouTube channel spaceracenews, depending on availability of internet connection to personal spaceflight enthusiasts not affiliated with

Written by Robin

October 19, 2006 at 11:34 pm

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