Video Caption: This week we bring on guest Dave Masten to get an update of the happenings at Masten Space Systems. In addition to an update on the XS-1 project, we also talk about how Dave and crew is using additive manufacturing (3D printing) to create entire rocket engines. Interview starts at 16:59
They came to Mojave from near and far — from the dusty desert communities of Lancaster, Boron and Ridgecrest to the snow swept tundra of Sweden — to send Stu Witt off in style. One of the most powerful men in Washington, D.C. played hooky from Congress to wish his friend a happy retirement.
Hundreds of people gathered on Jan. 8 to mark the end of Witt’s nearly 14-year term as CEO and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port. The event featured a reception and a long parade of friends and colleagues singing his praises.
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This week we bring on the Founder and CTO of Masten Space Systems, Dave Masten. Dave talks about the importance of going to the Moon before Mars, platforms for getting there and general space geekery.
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MOJAVE, CA, July 23, 2014 (Masten PR) — Masten Space Systems, Inc. (Masten) announced today that the company has been awarded a contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as part of Phase 1 of the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program to develop a reusable launch vehicle.
Over the last decade, Masten has built three highly operable, vertical takeoff/vertical landing, reusable rockets which are flown by small teams of five to seven people. Masten’s experience with vertical takeoff/vertical landing rockets has shown that the company’s flight vehicles can offer greater flexibility than reusable launch vehicles that require runways to land. Masten has logged well over 300 flights to date with its Xoie, Xombie and Xaero reusable rockets.
MOJAVE AIR & SPACE PORT — Aerospace types love this rural desert location for its clear, dry weather, its sparse population and its comfortable distance from major news outlets.
But Dave Masten, CEO of Masten Space Systems, says there’s another reason his company stays in Mojave.
“The neighbors don’t complain,” Masten says with a grin.
“Even if you’re testing a rocket engine,” he says. “And rocket tests can be very loud.”
Long known as a place where space cowboys and scientist-entrepreneurs could carve out a niche in the specialized world of aviation and aerospace, Mojave Air & Space Port has grown — some might say grown up — in recent years to include ambitious, well-funded companies that are expected to deliver on the promise that the sky is no longer the limit when it comes to private space flight.
Masten Space Systems and Space Florida announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent to explore performing demonstration launches of a Masten suborbital reusable launch vehicle from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
â€œWe have been looking at Florida as a launch option for some time now,â€ stated Masten Founder and CEO Dave Masten. â€œWe are excited to begin the process of determining if Launch Complex 36 is a good location for our flight operations, and hope to attempt a demonstration launch sometime in 2011.â€
With all the focus on festivities at Spaceport America, this video was overlooked. The Air Force’s Everyday Sci-Fi show visits Mojave where blogger Derek Nye gets a tour of XCOR Aerospace and watches Dave Masten launch a Xombie.
Bill Gaubatz — President, SpaceAvailable Jess Sponable —Technical Advisor Air Vehicles Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory Frederick Bachtel — Director of Strategic Planning & Initiatives, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne David Masten — President and CEO, Masten Space Systems Nino Polizzi —Vice President, Universal Space Network James Ball —Senior Manager Flight Engineering, The Boeing Company Yoshifumi Inatani —Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Neil Milburn —Vice President Program Management, Armadillo Aerospace
Fresh off a cash infusion from new partner Space Adventures, Armadillo Aerospace CEO John Carmack spent some time this weekend sniping at rivals during the NSS International Space Development Conference in Chicago. Jeff Foust reports in The Space Review:
Carmack generated a little bit of controversy when he compared Armadilloâ€™s efforts with those by competing suborbital developers. Virgin Galactic, he suggested, would not be able to fly as cheaply as Armadillo; Virgin currently charges $200,000 for a ticket while Space Adventures is asking for about half that, $102,000. â€œI think they have explicitly not chosen the most cost effective solution on this,â€ Carmack said. â€œI donâ€™t think they will be able to compete on price, eventually, but some people will prefer their experience.â€
XCOR Aerospace and Masten Space Systems, two of the leaders in the New Space sector, have announced a strategic business and technology relationship to pursue jointly the 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, helping NASA push the boundaries of technology and opening the solar system for future human exploration.