How To Hit A Landing Target On Mars … Potentially, Precisely and Perfectly!

A Xombie technology demonstrator from Masten Space Systems. Photo Credit: NASA / Masten

It’s frustrating to make it all the way to Mars, only to land in the wrong spot. So as Masten Space Systems tests its Xombie vertical-launch-vertical-landing rocket prototype on Earth, engineers are also examining a software solution to make Red […]

Masten Space Systems’ Xombie and Genie Conduct Highest Altitude, Longest Duration Flight to Date

Guided by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory’s GENIE navigation and control system, Xombie performs its perfect test-flight on 25 March, reaching a peak altitude of more than 1,600 feet and translating laterally by almost 1,000 feet. Photo Credit: NASA/Masten Space Systems

Masten Space Systems has successfully test-flown its Xombie space-access technology demonstrator to a […]

Rocket-Powered Landing Demonstrator Makes Successful First Flight

GENIE and Xombie on the pad: Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket with Draper Laboratory's GENIE flight control system rests on its launch pad at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Photo Credit: Draper Lab

MOJAVE, Calif. – The first successful free flight of a new rocket-powered vertical landing demonstrator occurred recently […]