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2012-03-23 03:45:43

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft. Sixteen of the payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Five will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. Two will ride on high-altitude balloons that fly above 65,000 feet. One payload will fly on the suborbital launch vehicle and...

Xombie Rocket's First Free-Flight Test Successful
2012-02-16 11:53:51

[ Watch the Video ] Draper Laboratory has performed its first free-flight test of Masten Space Systems' "Xombie" rocket using the Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment System (GENIE), reports the Associated Press The rocket is being developed for a NASA program to help explore vertical landing systems for solar system exploration. The Xombie suborbital rocket hovered about 164 feet off the ground, and safely landed back onto the platform. Draper said the testing...

2011-10-05 06:26:46

NASA has selected nine proposals to demonstrate new technologies for the second set of payloads to fly on commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles and the Zero-G commercial parabolic aircraft. NASA is using commercially available vehicles to carry these technology demonstration payloads to help develop the U.S. commercial reusable suborbital transportation industry. NASA's Flight Opportunities Program provides test flights to demonstrate and validate space technologies on airborne...

2011-08-10 14:05:39

NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, each successful vendor will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. These two-year contracts, worth a combined total of $10 million, will allow NASA to draw from a pool of commercial space companies to deliver payload integration and flight services. The...

2010-11-22 14:00:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "We have been looking at Florida as a launch option for some time now," stated Masten Founder and CEO Dave Masten. "We are excited to begin the process of determining if Launch Complex 36 is a good...

2010-08-31 08:46:56

NASA's Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR) has awarded a total of approximately $475,000 to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif. The awards will allow the two companies to perform test flights of their experimental vehicles near the edge of space. The flights will demonstrate the capabilities of new vehicles to provide recoverable launch and testing of small payloads going to "near-space," the region of Earth's atmosphere...

2010-08-31 08:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Masten Space Systems, a leader in vertical take off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket vehicles, announced a contract today with NASA's new Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program. The initial contract is for four flights of test payloads on Xaero, Masten's next-generation vehicle currently in assembly. "We're very excited and proud to be one of the first awardees under the CRuSR program," said David Masten, CEO. "CRuSR promises to be...

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2010-05-29 08:50:00

Two California companies have teamed up to develop new private, unmanned space vehicles that NASA could send to the moon, Mars and beyond. The companies are XCOR Aerospace, specializing in rocket engines, and Masten Space Systems. According to a joint announcement this week, the companies hope to combine their areas of expertise in anticipation of NASA-sponsored unmanned lander projects. President Barack Obama's new plan for NASA involves dumping the space shuttle program and substituting...


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