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    Eyes on the Prize

    Eyes on the Prize



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    Armadillo Aerospace successfully met the Level 2 requirements for the Centennial Challenges - Lunar Lander Challenge and qualified to win a $1 million dollar first place prize. The flights were conducted Sept. 12 at the Armadillo Aerospace test facility in Caddo Mills, Texas. To qualify for the Level 2 prize, Armadillo Aerospace's rocket vehicle took off from one concrete pad, ascended horizontally, then landed on a second pad that featured boulders and craters to simulate the lunar surface. After refueling at that pad, the vehicle then repeated the flight back
    and landed at the original pad. The vehicle completed the round trip, including fueling and refueling operations, in one hour and 47 minutes. That was well within the two and half hour time limit for the challenge. Armadillo Aerospace also met the requirement to remain aloft under rocket power for three minutes during each of the flights. In this image, technicians Neil Milburn, Russ Blink and Mike Vinther are shown on the launch pad performing a vehicle inspection. Image Credit: NASA/James Blair

    NASA Identifier: 386509main_jsc2009e205924_full


    Date Taken: 12.02.2009
    Date Posted: 02.08.2013 00:58
    Photo ID: 829898
    Resolution: 2400x1597
    Size: 342.28 KB
    Location: WASHINGTON, D.C., US

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