While some of you may have known for a while, I think that Clark may have surprised a lot of readers when he pointed out the news that I was no longer a part of the Masten team. I am proud to have been one of the founding members of their team, and I still [...]
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I had to keep this under wraps until this morning, but it’s now formal: May 25th, 2010, Mojave, CA, USA: XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to pursue jointly the anticipated NASA sponsored unmanned lander projects. These automated [...]
Here’s an old video from our 195s tethered flight the day before our NGLLC Level 2 competition slot. Winds gusting past 30 knots, and it’s still rock solid. If you count tethered flights, I think it’s the longest duration VTVL flight ever (longer than DC-X or Armadillo): It just goes to show that while every [...]
Dave just wrote the latest Masten Update over on our MSS Project Blog. The update goes over some of our plans for the new year. Hopefully I’ll have something more to talk about soon.
I only have a few minutes tonight, but part of what’s been keeping me busy lately has been two Space 2009 papers I’ve been involved with (one as the primary author, and another as a very minor coauthor). First, the propellant depot paper I keep talking about: AIAA 2009-6756 Near-Term Propellant Depots: Implementation of a [...]
So, I got my big propellant depot paper done in time, but now I have some other stuff that will probably keep me from posting much for a while: http://thelaunchpad.xprize.org/2009/08/2009-ngllc-first-attempts.html
Ok, two weeks ago, I mentioned that the “pre-depot” dual EELV launch concept my friend had passed to me could be adapted to do manned lunar missions. Lunar missions are a lot easier to close if you assume a depot in LEO (and even easier if there’s also a small depot at L2). But it [...]
Two more reasons I haven’t been blogging much lately: Methinks I may be past-due for an MSS update…
Did I mention we’ve been busy lately?