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Unreasonable Rocket Become 3rd Team to Perform Lunar Lander Challenge Flight

Published by Rob Goldsmith on Sun Nov 1, 2009 10:50 am
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Unreasonable Rocket attempted to follow Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space Systems in completing the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1. Setting the pace both Armadillo and Masten have now completed Level 2. All eyes were now set to watch “The Pauls” compete.

Unreasonable Rocket Blue Ball Free flight.

Unreasonable Rocket Blue Ball Free flight.

The vehicle lifted off and moved into the air where it began its flight over to the second pad. Everything looked good as the vehicle named “Blue Ball” made its way through the air. The Blue Ball slowly moved down to hover over the landing pad, as the vehicle hovered in the air it suddenly dropped down for a hard landing.

Will Pomerantz heard Paul Breed say, “Done for the day“. The vehicle dropped from the hover altitude fairly hard. Apparently the drop caused some damage to the legs and a GPS mount. The time in the air was also slightly short of the 90 seconds needed to qualify. The reason behind the hard landing was that the vehicle ran out of propellant, Paul Breed assured people that the damage is fixable but not in the time remaining in this competition window.

Unreasonable will try for the Level II prize with Silver Ball today.

Congratulations to the team for becoming only the third team to fly in the competition. It was great to hear that so many people were offering to help, including representatives from Masten.

Ben Brockert of Masten Space has place edited video from Unreasonable Rocket’s Blue Ball’s onboard cameras during its flight yesterday and put them on Youtube:

Down video from Unreasonable Rocket’s Lunar Lander Challenge attempt. Listen to how quiet the engine gets when it throttles down to start dropping over the second pad. It hovers five meters over the pad before running out of peroxide and falling to a well-stuck landing.

Outward looking video from Unreasonable Rocket’s second attempt at the $150,000 second place prize for the Lunar Lander Challenge. The rocket landed about five seconds short of the required 90 second flight time, damaging itself slightly

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Unreasonable Rocket is developing two vehicles to compete in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge in 2009. Unreasonable Rocket is a small father and son team located in Solana Beach, CA. The team tests their vehicles in the Cohen dry lake bed or the F.A.R. Rocket Test Facilities near Cantil, CA.

Unreasonable Rocket has a long-term goal of showing that significant rocket and space flight capabilities are achievable by small teams. Unreasonable Rocket have two very similar vehicles, one to compete in Level 1, the other at Level 2.

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