Masten Space Systems is an aerospace company pressing forward in the new space race with a fleet of reusable launch vehicles and landers.
Octorber of 2009 Masten entered their XA-0.1B “Xombie” in the Level 1 part of the Lunar Lander X Prize Challenge taking second place. Later in 2009 Masten used their XA-0.1E “Xoie” demonstrating an average landing accuracy of 19cm, taking first place for the Level 2 of the competition.
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JPL is using Masten’s XA-0.1B “Xombie” as the ADAPT (Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed), the system is testing sensors and algorithms to assist in more accurate landings for future mission landings such as on Mars.
Masten Space Systems, a private California company focused on developing lunar and planetary landing vehicles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday after recent layoffs and funding problems.