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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:37 pm
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Post armadillo update   Posted on: Mon Mar 22, 2004 8:37 pm
just seen that they have got the engines working tiptop now. bjhowever could someone explain to me what there ship is like n if there are any pics? have they even built the final craft yet? if so how big etc? any vid clips.? robb


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Post    Posted on: Mon Mar 22, 2004 11:14 pm
Hi robiwan,

Armadillo's spacecraft has gone through several design iterations. Although it was always going to be vertically launched, the original method for landing was with parachutes and a crushable nose cone to soften the impact. However, Armadillo has now decided to go with a powered descent (similar to the DC-X project of the 1990s).

I don't think there are any pictures of the final vehicle yet; however, given the simplicity of their design I wouldn't be surprised if in one or two weeks we see some pretty cool stuff.

A cool video of an egine test can be found at:
http://media.armadilloaerospace.com/200 ... rTests.mpg


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