Armadillo Aerospace have completed the Level 2 requirements of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge on a wet day in Texas.
“Level Two increases the difficulty of the Challenge by altering two rules. The first is the required flight time: for Level Two, vehicles must have a minimum flight time of 180 seconds (3 minutes per flight), as opposed to 90 seconds in Level One. In addition, vehicles competing in Level Two will be required to land on a simulated lunar surface. Instead of using a broad, flat, and smooth landing pad as in Level One, Level Two vehicles must be capable of safely touching down on a surface covered in boulders and craters—hazards that could potentially tip over the vehicle or damage it during landing. Teams must also then be able to service the vehicle while on the simulated lunar surface and lift off to begin its second flight.”
Congratulations to the Armadillo team!
First Place prize is 1 million dollars. 2nd place prize is $500,000.
Two other teams will attempt soon.