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Posted by: TJ - Sun May 16, 2004 2:16 am
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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:00 pm
The Cosmic Log reports that the Armadillo team is still working on its Module 1 lunar lander prototype at the launch pad. they are 65 minutes into their 150 minute window.

Update: The space boss for the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, Joseph Boyle (no relation), says "they're fueling right now." Launch is due in about 15 minutes.


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Post halfway there!   Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:16 pm
GOOD FIRST FLIGHT!

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The Armadillo team has gotten halfway through the course for the $350,000 Level 1 prize in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, and the Module 1 lunar lander is now being prepared for the return trip. If it makes that trip back and fulfills all the conditions for the competition, the prize is theirs.

Right now, the team is fueling up and checking out the lines. If everything looks OK, the second launch could come within just a few minutes.


Update: Launch commentator Miles O'Brien quotes space boss Joseph Boyle as saying that the Armadillo team is checking out a "little problem" with the fuel line - similar to the problem encountered this morning.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:22 pm
the updates are coming in fast now! what a great piccy!
hope there arent too many problems!
Come on guyssss!

(they are gonna laugh if they read this thread next week)

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:26 pm
Approximately one hour is left in the 2.5-hour flight window. Here's hoping the troubleshooting goes quickly!


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:38 pm
Leg two has started:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:39 pm
The Module 1 craft tipped over and crashed just as it came down to the ground.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:39 pm
Reports suggest The Module 1 craft tipped over and crashed just as it came down to the ground.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:44 pm
I hope it's not damaged too much.

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:46 pm
I wonder if it was related to the fuel line problems they were having? I also know the flight time envelope is really close to 90 seconds... maybe it ran out of gas?


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 8:51 pm
Cosmic log reports that the flight time was only 83 seconds... too short. it actually touched down, but then tipped and fell. Carmack is said to have opted to try again tomorrow rather than attempt another rughed flight today.


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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:00 pm
I hope that tomorrow goes better!

This thread should be a good source of information! Ill be back here again!

Roll on tomorrow, all is not lost :)

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Post    Posted on: Sat Oct 27, 2007 9:20 pm
Well if anyone can pull off a victory after a day like today, it would be Armadillo. They could probably make Mod 2 flyable overnight if they choose to.

I guess the big question would be do they fly Pixel first thing tomorrow in an attempt to snare the Level 2 prize and follow up with one of the Mod craft for Level 1 or start out going for Level 1.


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:54 pm
And the wait begins again. I've been looking at the clock most of the morning and subtracting two hours. Figure the gate opens again at 8:00, which is in a little more than an hour. Figure another hour after that for first launch attempt.

Considering that they started out yesterday with both Pixel and Mod 1 on the truck, I was thinking that if there's any trouble this time around they could in theory pull Mod 1 off the pad and still have enough time to put Pixel up to the plate for an attempt.

Going to be an interesting day.

Best of Luck to the Armadillo team!


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Post    Posted on: Sun Oct 28, 2007 1:43 pm
Video of Mod 1 yesterday on this page along with some info. Well you can see the launch and a huge dust cloud as Mod 1 hides behind a tree before it tipped over

http://www.newscientist.com/blog/space/2007/10/lunar-lander-tips-over-on-landing.html

Some pictures from yesterday, some Armadillo shots.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfoust/sets/72157602750799734/


Slightly better video of yesterdays flight, actually I think it's the same video, just a direct link. :?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmiKYoVbOxE&eurl=http://www.personalspaceflight.info/2007/10/27/video-of-mod-flight/


Much better video of both flights. Seems that the rocket exhaust is distorted a bit near the nozzle on the return flight, probably from the cracked chamber. Truck is in the way for the second landing when it tipped but pulls away to show Mod 1 on its side. Was slow to load for me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhuyZolb544&NR=1


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