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Centennial of Flight

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In December 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright, two bicycle mechanics working with no government support, initiated the age of powered flight with their success at Kitty Hawk. NASAs Prize Program honors the spirit of the Wright Brothers and other independent inventors by acknowledging the centennial of the first powered flight in 2003. The NASA Centennial Challenges program also recognizes that the rapid and dramatic progress in aeronautics in the early years of the first century of flight was often driven by prize competitions.

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"If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, we must expect to employ methods never before attempted."
Sir Francis Bacon

Lunar Lander Features

Masten and Armadillo Claim Lunar Lander Prizes

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Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California successfully met the Level Two requirements for the Lunar Lander Challenge and won the first place prize of $1,000,000.

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Centennial Challenges Lunar Lander Award Ceremony

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NASA’s Centennial Challenges program awarded $1.65 million in prize money to the winners of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

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2009 Prizewinners Recognition Ceremony

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NASA Admimistrator Charlie Bolden along with senior NASA officials Doug Comstock and Andy Petro, acknowledges winners and organizers of NASA’s 2009 Centennial Challenges.

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Masten Space Systems Qualifies for Level One Prize

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Masten successfully qualified for the remaining prize for Level One in the Lunar Lander Challenge at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California.

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Masten Space Systems Attempts to Qualify For Lunar ...

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Masten Space Systems unsuccessfully attempted a Level 1 flight on Sept. 16 as part of the Centennial Challenges - Lunar Lander Challenge at the company’s test facility at California’s Mojave Air and ...

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Armadillo Aerospace Qualifies for Centennial Challenges

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Armadillo Aerospace has successfully met the Level 2 requirements for the Centennial Challenges - Lunar Lander Challenge and qualified to win a $1 million dollar first place prize.

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Lunar Lander Challenge

    The Lunar Lander Challenge involves building and flying a rocket-powered vehicle that simulates the flight of a vehicle on the Moon. The lander must take off vertically then travel horizontally and land accurately at another spot. Then the same vehicle must take off again, travel horizontally back to the original take off point and land successfully. The prize purse is divided into first and second prizes for Level One and Level Two, which require a flight duration of at least 90 seconds on each flight and 180 seconds, respectively. Furthermore, one of the landings for a Level Two attempt must be made on a simulated lunar terrain with rocks and craters. The X Prize Foundation manages this competition for NASA. Visit http://space.xprize.org/lunar-lander-challenge for more information.

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