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Posted by: jongoff - Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:59 pm
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Post    Posted on: Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:26 am
And on and on. Last flight was #8, third on the aluminum engine and 60 seconds in duration.

Been doing a flight or two every week. We had quite the crop of spectators on the last one, including the spaceport administration, FAA-AST, and investors.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:12 pm
Guys

I was wandering what your objectives were for 09? Did you set out any structure for development or is it all dependant on how each test goes?

You seem to be making amazing progress! Id be interested to know where you see yourselves going in the next 12 months.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:24 pm
yea will you be hiring around this time next year?

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:46 pm
At ISDC Michael announced without much fanfare that we're planning to do both level 1 and level 2 of the Lunar Lander Challenge this year. With the deadlines coming up, that's what we're working on now. We have a structure for development, which unfortunately means doing test flights every couple of weeks as we work on subsystems, rather than flying every day like I'd like to do.

We'll be building two new vehicles for LLC, while testing stuff on B. We're also continually improving the 750lbf engine, as well as starting work on a 2500lbf engine.

We have a couple of new technologies that haven't been used by anyone else in our part of the industry, so it'll be great to see if those work or not.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:56 pm
That sounds very exiting!
It is just a shame, that this kind of head to head race comes after the changes to the LLC rules. An event with 4 or even more different vehicles flying would have been amazing!

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:22 pm
Some great new vids from Ben! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oskJMora6d4

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:37 pm
We need to do a technical update soon, but really won't have time until Friday at the earliest. But for those wondering, the quick summary is:

1-We did those two 95-100s flights yesterday, so the engines are now proven for the flight duration we need.
2-We've done several ground takeoffs and landings, but are having some issues with part of the landing gear. We should hopefully have that resolved today.
3-We've upgraded the GN&C substantially, and the new controls appear to be doing well, even in crazy winds.

We're not out of the woods yet for being able to compete this week, and we're behind where we wanted to be with this little time left before our first window, but it looks like we should be able to make our attempt.

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:40 pm
Good luck Jon and the rest of the team!

I look forward to hearing more when you guys get the time!

All the best for the flights!

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:45 pm
Goodluck MSS! Hopefully all goes well.

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:01 pm
Good luck!

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:15 pm
Looking good there, and good luck in the LLC :)


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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:41 am
Is there any live coverage of the LLC attempt today?


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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:02 am
Indeed Masten will attempt a level 1 flight today!! from their website.

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Media Alert: Masten Space Systems Attempts Launch of Lunar Lander Rocket
admin on 9/15/2009 at 6:00 pm — General —
***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT***MEDIA ALERT***

MASTEN SPACE SYSTEMS ATTEMPTS LAUNCH OF LUNAR LANDER ROCKET VEHICLE TO QUALIFY FOR NORTHROP GRUMMAN LUNAR LANDER CHALLENGE MILLION DOLLAR PRIZE

Launch Scheduled For Sept. 16, 2009 at Mojave Air & Space Port, CA

WHAT: On Sept. 16, Masten Space Systems will be the second of at least three teams attempting to win a portion of a $2 million incentive prize purse as part of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge (NGLLC), funded by NASA, and created and presented by the X PRIZE Foundation.

Masten will compete in Level 1 of the competition, hoping to win a second-place prize of $150,000 (first place went to Armadillo Aerospace at last year’s competition). Masten has already scheduled multiple dates at which they will attempt to complete the requirements for the Level 2 mission in October, which would put them in the running for a $1 million prize purse.


Goog luck Masten!!!

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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:11 am
Captainvideo wrote:
Is there any live coverage of the LLC attempt today?


Hi Captain,

found these twitter links on hobbyspace.com:

Twitter.com/mastenspace
Twitter.com/wikkit
Twitter.com/mojaverocketguy
Twitter.com/mmealling
Twitter.com/robinsnelson

And I guess I missed this video yesterday, Masten doing a free flight :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kia9Gw6i8n0

cheers,

c.


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Post Re: MSS Q&A Thread   Posted on: Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:19 am
Thanks alot!


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