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Armadillo Aerospace: Scaling Up for Modularized Spaceships

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Pixel hovers in a tethered test.

Lunar Lander Rocket Flies But Fails In Bid For Prize Dollars

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Pixel — the Armadillo Aerospace Lunar Lander Challenge competitor — flies high through the sky at the Wirefly X Prize Cup. Craft successfully flew to altitude, hovered, then came down too hard on a landing pad. Damage to Pixel curtailed a reflight today, but fixes overnight may see a return to flight on Saturday.

Lunar Lander Rocket Runs Into Touchdown Troubles

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Lunar Lander Challenge competitor — Pixel — flew successfully again today at the Wirefly X Prize Cup. However, the craft ran into trouble on landing, tipping over and disqualifying the vehicle in a prize competition held early this morning. Built by Armadillo Aerospace, team engineers are looking over the craft in hopes of reflying and competing the hardware again today.

Lunar Lander Patch

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Armadillo Aerospace patch for Lunar Lander Challenge.

Throttle Up

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Armadillo Aerospace's Pixel lunar lander entry hovers above its launch pad during a test.

Lunar Lander Contest

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Pixel took flight multiple times during the Wirefly X Prize Cup held October 2006, with the Armadillo Aerospace craft nearly winning major NASA prize money in a Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

First Day Attempt

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Before moving to the launch site, Armadillo Aerospace team members tend to their vehicles on Saturday, October 27, 2007, the first day of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

Lunar Lander Challenge Ends in Fire, Disappointment

William Faulkner

Armadillo Aerospace's entry in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, the MOD, burst into flames shortly after engine ignition during its third and final attempt in 2007.

Team Armadillo Wins $350,000 in Mock Moon Lander Contest

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Armadillo Aerospace won Level 1 of the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge with two successful flights of its Pixel vehicle.

Space Adventures' Suborbital Vehicle Interior 6

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An artist's illustration of the view from Space Adventures' 2-person suborbital spacecraft being built with Armadillo Aerospace.

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