$1 Million NASA Challenge

January 14, 2010 By Kristeen

NASA’s open innovation Lunar Lander Challenge required inventors to create, build, and fly a rocket powered vehicle to simulate the flight of a spacecraft on the moon. The lander had to take off vertically, fly horizontally, and then land accurately on a designated pad, all within a two hour time frame. NASA had the monumental task of developing a reusable lunar craft and sought outside help to tap into the brains of so-called ‘citizen inventors.’ Masten Space Systems, an aerospace startup company from California, won the challenge with its Xoie Reusable Rocket and took home the $1 million prize.

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