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2009 NGLLC: Peter Diamandis / Armadillo Aerospace / Video Update

Published by Matt on Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:56 pm
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Today Armadillo Aerospace will attempt to claim a Level 2 purse from Caddo Mills, TX for the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge was offered once per year at an event managed by the X PRIZE Foundation and hosted by our gracious friends in Southern New Mexico. The 2006 and 2007 events, held at the Las Cruces International Airport and Holloman Air Force Base respectively, were conducted as part of a larger Air & Space exposition called the X PRIZE Cup. The 2008 event returned to Las Cruces, NM, but was this time held as a stand-alone event in front of a smaller audience. Over these three years, we were grateful for the opportunity to introduce tens of thousands of people to the excitement of rocketry and to highlight New Mexico’s position at the forefront of the emerging commercial space industry.

Armadillo Aerospace debates whether or not to make an attempt to fly during a brief break in the rain, as part of their September 12, 2009 attempt to win the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Photo Credit: W. Pomerantz / X PRIZE Foundation

Armadillo Aerospace debates whether or not to make an attempt to fly during a brief break in the rain, as part of their September 12, 2009 attempt to win the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. Photo Credit: W. Pomerantz / X PRIZE Foundation

The 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge will be the start of a new chapter in the competition’s history. Unlike the fixed-date, fixed-location competition of previous years, in 2009, Registered Teams will be able to compete for the remaining prize purses at a date and location of their choosing within a competition ‘window’ that will run from July 20th to October 31st. Qualified teams will be able to register for prize-winning attempts on a first-come, first-served basis, with a small crew of Judges and observers traveling to meet the team at a venue of their choosing. This new process should allow for more flights by more teams, while still preserving the fairness of the competition.

At the end of the competition window, the X PRIZE Foundation may identify the winner or winners for the three remaining prize purses: Level Two First and Second Place and Level One Second Place. Should multiple teams meet the prize requirements for either Level of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge within the competition window, ties will be broken by assessing the accuracies of each team’s landings during qualifying flights. If teams are still tied after this assessment, purse money will be split evenly between them.

Check out the NGLLC twitter page to get the latest updates about todays attempt by Armadillo Aerospace and the upcoming attempts by Masten Space Systems and Unreasonable Rocket.

James Bauer from Armadillo Aerospace keeps us here at the Spacefellowship updated from time to time on the Official Armadillo Aerospace forum that we host.

Here is a video update from the 2009 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge by Peter Diamandis.

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