Autonomous Rocket Robot Vertical Takeoff and Landing





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Published on Feb 22, 2010

A test flight of Masten Space Systems' (http://www.masten-space.com/) Xombie vertical takeoff/vertical landing rocket vehicle, on February 12th, 2010.

This flight was to 68.6 meters above launch level, and as you can see in the out video, even that short of an elevator ride gives an impressive change in perspective. That's the flightline of Mojave Air & Space Port, and Soledad Mountain in the distance.

This vehicle won second prize, $150,000, in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Level 1. I know the videos aren't perfectly synced, but this is the first video I've ever done in Final Cut.

The rocket runs on liquid oxygen and isopropyl alcohol. It's stabilized using a main engine gimbal and small reaction control thrusters.


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