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Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Thu May 22, 2008 8:51 am
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Post SFS News: SpaceDev Flies Prototype Hybrid Rocket Lunar ...   Posted on: Thu May 22, 2008 8:51 am
(SpaceDev) - Project is first to demonstrate applied throttling capability

POWAY, CA – SpaceDev, Inc. (OTCBB: SPDV) announced today that it has concluded the first phase of development on its hybrid rocket powered lunar lander prototype, with a successful flight test. The effort was supported by the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) led by Steve Durst, who envision using the technology to bring their ILO spacecraft to a soft landing on the South Pole of the Moon, where it will perform various astrophysics and communication functions.

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Lander Mid-Flight

During the flight test, the lander prototype vehicle’s four hybrid rocket motors were ignited and throttled via radio control, their thrust adjusted in real time to achieve lift-off, ascended to approximately 35 feet, hovered, descended, and landed softly. A video of the flight may be seen here - Lander Test Video.

This test marked the first ever of a hybrid rocket powered lander vehicle and demonstrated applied throttling, a key capability of SpaceDev’s reliable, safe, and non-toxic hybrid propulsion technology. “This is an exciting project that has shown not only the versatility of our hybrid motors, but also SpaceDev’s high levels of responsiveness and efficiency,â€


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Post    Posted on: Fri May 23, 2008 9:13 am
Looks very cool. Stability of the vehicle is especially impressive.

I'm wondering why did they release such cool video with 6 months delay.

It would seem reasonable to announce success as soon as possible.

Anyway, it's nice to see another working hardware.

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Post    Posted on: Sun May 25, 2008 1:32 am
Very impressive. Any word on when this vehicle will actually go to the Moon?

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