XCOR, Masten form strategic relationship for NASA landers

  • 27-May-2010 06:49 EDT

In October 2009, Masten Space Systems won the $1 million first prize for Level II of NASA's Lunar Lander Challenge by posting the best average landing accuracy. The Masten team achieved an average landing accuracy of 19 cm with its Xoie vehicle (shown).

XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to jointly pursue anticipated NASA-sponsored unmanned lander projects. These automated lander programs are expected to serve as robotic test beds on Earth, on the lunar surface, Mars, near Earth objects, and other interplanetary locales. The agreement combines Masten's automated vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) flight vehicles with XCOR's experience in liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane-powered propulsion systems and nonflammable cryogenically compatible composite tanks. XCOR and Masten will be jointly marketing their skill sets and services to the NASA community as prime contractors and as joint teaming partners for larger systems integrators and prime contractors servicing the NASA community.

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