Xombie Rocket Test A Success 2012

A private suborbital rocket passed a landing test for NASA with flying colors this month in a succesful trial run of technology that could help future spacecraft touch down on other planets or moons. The brief test flight demonstrated a new control system called the Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment (GENIE), which was developed by the nonprofit Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, Mass. NASA's Flight Opportunities Program sponsored the recent flight, in the hopes that GENIE will enable more ambitious landing demonstrations in the future. Masten is developing a variety of reusable, unmanned vertical-takeoff and --landing vehicles for suborbital spaceflight. The company also hopes to build robotic spaceships for orbital missions eventually. ADG Facebook: www.facebook.com Follow ADG on Twitter: twitter.com

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