Armadillo Aerospace Wins Lunar Challenge Prize

Congratulations are due to John Carmack and Armadillo Aerospace, which won part of the first phase Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge in Las Cruces, NM. From the X Prize website:

“Armadillo Aerospace has won the Level One portion of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge! The flew at Las Cruces International Airport on October 25, 2008, and earned the $350,000 in prize money. While they made an attempt to win Level Two on the 26, they weren’t able to pull off a double victory, leaving $1.65 million worth of prize money on the table.

“Check out some highlights from the first day of competition.”

Armadillo Scraps Further Lunar Lander Attempts

“The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge is over for the day. John Carmack and his Armadillo Aerospace team have declared no more flights today. They have run into a problem with their vehicle that needs significant testing – issues that must be addressed before flight of the craft can be resumed.”