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Masten Tries For The Prize

By Keith Cowing
September 21, 2009

Masten Space Systems Attempts to Qualify For Lunar Lander Challenge (With Video)
“Masten Space Systems unsuccessfully attempted a Level 1 flight on Sept. 16 as part of the Centennial Challenges – Lunar Lander Challenge at the company’s test facility at California’s Mojave Air and Space Port. In order to qualify for Level 1 prize money, a rocket vehicle must lift off from one concrete pad, ascend to approximately 50 meters, travel horizontally, and land on a second pad. After refueling at that pad, the vehicle must repeat the flight back to a landing on the original pad within two and half hours. The vehicle must remain aloft for at least 90 seconds on both flights.”

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