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Masten Qualifies For $1 Million Space Prize

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    Last Updated: October 31, 2009

    RobGoldsmith writes “Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for first place in level two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday. Flying a brand new vehicle named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie), Masten demonstrated their ability to build, debug and fly a vehicle on a very short timeline. ” Reader lessgravity points out a video of the craft completing its mission. Apparently, the team was given an extra shot at the challenge on Friday after having trouble during their scheduled attempts on Wednesday and Thursday, which didn’t please John Carmack, founder of rival team Armadillo Aerospace.

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