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Masten Space: Chasing the Challenge

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Tue Nov 15, 2005 11:41 am
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by Mark J. Trulson,

“Masten Space Applauds NASA’s New Suborbital Challenges”
“Santa Clara, California – 10/19/05 Masten Space Systems announced today that it strongly supported the recent agreement between NASA and the X PRIZE Foundation to develop two suborbital Centennial Challenges and that, pending announcements on rules, it looked forward to participating.”

So reads the opening paragraph of a recent press release from Masten Space Systems (MSS). Originally announcing their interests at the recent X Prize Cup event in Las Cruces, New Mexico, the press release reaffirms that decision.

Jonathan A. Goff, an engineer with Masten Space Systems, Inc. agreed to do an interview to discuss the challenge, Masten Space and the industry in general.

TSR: The first vehicle in the fleet for Masten Space Systems is dubbed XA 1.0 (eXtreme Altitude). It is a vertical take-off/vertical landing (VTVL), suborbital, single-stage craft.Can you give us a peek at some of the specifications for the craft such as dimensions, payload size, fuel type, and into what we might expect “Extreme Altitude” to translate?

Read more at The Space Review.

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