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Armadillo Aerospace, Full Updates on Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

Published by Rob on Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:49 pm
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Updated – 2007-10-27 8:53:00 pm

It has emerged that the Armadillo craft did manage to come down to the ground. It did however tip over on landing. Ken Davidian, program manager for NASA’s Centennial Challenges, was reported to have said “Module 1 was in the air for 83 seconds” – seven seconds short of the required hang time. The earliest reports seem to suggest that the mod did not take a fatal blow and may only need some work to be back flying.

Updated – 2007-10-27 8:41:00 pm

Reports suggest the craft has crashed only moments from coming down to land. These reports would mean that Armadillo fell only moments short from getting the $350,000 of NASA’s money in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Updated – 2007-10-27 8:30:00 pm

Reports suggest Armadillo have approximately one hour is left in the 2.5-hour flight window

Updated – 2007-10-27 8:20:00 pm

Flight 1 is complete
The Armadillo team has gotten halfway through the course for the $350,000 Level 1 prize in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
The Module 1 lunar lander is now being prepared for the return trip. The return trip will make the prize theirs

However team is checking out a “little problem” with the fuel line – similar to the problem encountered this morning. (See earlier post)

Updated – 2007-10-27 8:06:50 pm

Joseph Boyle Reportedly just announced “they’re fueling right now.” Launch is due in about 15 minutes.

Updated – 2007-10-27 8:02:57 pm

Armadillo are back at the pad for their afternoon attempt. They reportedly had a contaminated line, that they cleaned.

Updated – 2007-10-27 7:50:57 pm

Sources suggest The crew is now working in a closed hangar trying to clear the blockage. If they do, try #2 may happen as early as 12:45 p.m. MDT

Initial Post (15:49)
As we wait in anticipation for the news regarding Armadillo Aerospace’s planned flights news is coming in that an ignition problem on the Mod vehicle caused them to scrub the attempt to win the Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1 for the first window this morning.

There is however a chance that they will try again this afternoon (Mod-1 craft at 12:45 p.m. MT). The ramifications of this mean that Armadillo will probably not be able to go for the Level 2 attempt anytime earlier than Sunday Morning

We will post updates as we get them.

Reports are being posted in the General Armadillo Aerospace Forum HERE

Please feel free to discuss this topic further in the forum…

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