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Armadillo gets CRuSR projects

August 30, 2010

NASA announced today that Armadillo Aerospace will be launching three missions in coming months under the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program (aka CRuSR). The agency is splitting $475,000 between Rockwall-based Armadillo and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., for a total of seven test flights to “near space” (65,000-350,000 feet altitude).

The NASA release says Armadillo’s flights are set for this fall and winter, launching the Super-Mod vehicle from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The two fall flights will go around nine miles up, the winter flight around 25 miles high.

Masten’s four Xaero flights from Mojave will go to three miles and 18 miles.

Reporting from the AIAA Space 2010 conference in Anaheim, Calif., industry analyst Jeff Foust tweeted that the money was being split $250,000/$225,000 between the two companies, although it wasn’t clear which company got which amount.

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