Satnews Daily
November 23rd, 2010

Masten Space Systems... Big Demo Deal (Launch)

[SatNews] Masten Space Systems and Space Florida haver signed a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Masten Space Systems is a rapid-prototyping rocket technology research and development company based in Mojave, CA. Their fully-reusable, vertical-takeoff-and-landing suborbital rockets are designed to be operated frequently and affordably, flying several missions per day with a small crew. Masten’s and similar suborbital RLVs will enable frequent, reliable, and low-cost access to the suborbital space environment. This provides scientists and technology developers with high-quality microgravity, clear observation of space phenomena, or routine contact with the upper atmosphere. Masten currently develops its vehicles and carries out flight tests in Mojave, CA. Previous accomplishments by Masten Space Systems include winning Level 2 and placing in level 1 flights of NASA’s Lunar Lander Challenge in 2009 and the first demonstration of an in-air relight of a Vertical Take-off/Vertical Landing rocket last May. Masten has completed more than 70 successful flights to date on two prototype RLVs.