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NASA has tested the future Mars rover’s camera-based navigation system aboard a rocket-powered test platform built by Masten Space Systems. The agency said Tuesday Xombie carried a prototype of the Mars 2020 rover’s Lander Vision System 1,066 feet into the air to perform a precise landing at a predesignated target. LVS works to direct a spacecraft to land at a target site or divert […] More
Masten Space Systems will develop and test a lunar surface-based position and navigation network prototype for the second phase of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s AFWERX program. Under the Phase II SBIR contract, the company, in collaboration with Leidos, will create shock-proof position, navigation and timing beacon enclosures aimed at making an autonomous surface-based network […] More
Rick Weiss, a spokesperson for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has said Cape Canaveral in Florida will serve as the site for flight tests and launch operations for a hypersonic aircraft to be developed under DARPA’s Experimental Spaceplane program, Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday. DARPA partnered with Boeing in May to build an unmanned reusable spaceplane – […] More
Masten Space Systems has completed an environmental monitoring experiment that carried multiple technologies onboard a company-built reusable rocket. NASA said Thursday Masten Space Systems’ Xodiac rocket contained an electromagnetic field measurement experiment, called JANUS, from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. The company is one of six firms that provide suborbital reusable launch vehicle flight and payload integration services […] More
Northrop Grumman seeks to introduce its reusable unmanned spaceplane prototype to the commercial satellite launch market even as the company works on its design for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Experimental Spaceplane-1 program, Flightglobal reported Thursday. James Drew writes that Doug Young, vice president of space systems resiliency at Northrop, told Flightglobal the company plans to continue developing its XS-1 concept […] More
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and its industry partners will transition into the second phase of a program to build a reusable unmanned spaceplane that can carry satellites into space. DARPA said Thursday it will hold a proposers day April 29 in Arlington, Virginia for phase two of Experimental Spaceplane-1, a program to develop a spaceplane that can carry payloads […] More
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems around $19.5 million in contract funds to continue building prototype robotic spaceplanes, Space.com reported Friday. Mike Wall writes the three companies moved into phase 1B of the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane-1 development initiative. Boeing and Northrop received $4 million each […] More

NASA has awarded contracts worth $45.5M combined to study and develop human lander prototypes in the next six months in support of its Artemis lunar exploration initiative. The space agency said Friday the companies will produce prototypes of a human landing platform with descent, ascent, transfer and refueling elements and shoulder at least 20 percent of the total development cost under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships Appendix E contracts.

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