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Moon Express Mini-Radar Takes Flight - Webisode 2

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Uploaded on Oct 3, 2011

Between April and July, 2011, Moon Express tested and demonstrated its new Mini-Radar System under NASA's Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program, successfully reaching an important milestone in its commercial lunar data contract.

Radar provides autonomous landing spacecraft with crucial ranging information to the surface and has been one of the most challenging and high risk elements of all lander systems.

Moon Express captured the Mini-Radar development In a series of webisodes called 'Moon Express Mini-Radar Takes Flight'.

In Webisode 2, Moon Express Project Engineer Mike Vergalla narrates the technical preparation and personal experience of the second test flight aboard the Zeppelin 'Eureka', owned and operated by Airship Ventures, which took place at the Oshkosh airshow in July, 2011.

Radar provides autonomous landing spacecraft with crucial ranging information to the surface and has been one of the most challenging and high risk elements of all lander systems. Radar systems have also been historically very expensive in terms of dollars, mass and energy. As part of its risk reduction engineering activities, Moon Express initiated a program to continue the development, test and space qualification of an innovative, low cost, low mass, low energy radar concept invented by Stellar Exploration that showed great promise through progressive developments under NASA Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) programs. The Moon Express investment significantly advanced the radar technology toward spaceflight readiness.

The successful demonstration of the Mini-Radar System was an important milestone in the company's commercial lunar data contract under NASA's Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program.

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