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  Armadillo Aerospace - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Armadillo's X-Prize vehicle was unorthodox among modern rockets in that instead of using stabilization fins, which complicate the design and increase drag, Armadillo used an aerodynamically unstable design, where the computer controlled jet vanes based on feedback from fibre optic gyroscopes.
Armadillo has also stated a preference for simplicity and reliability over performance, which was evident in its choice of hydrogen peroxide (50 % concentration in water) and methanol as a mixed monopropellant for the vehicle.
Armadillo is headed and has been largely funded by John Carmack, a developer of computer games including the Doom and Quake series.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Armadillo_Aerospace   (597 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace
Armadillo Aerospace is a small aerospace startup company based in Mesquite, Texas.
Its initial goal is to build a spacecraft capable of winning the Ansari X-Prize, but Armadillo Aerospace have made known grander ambitions beyond that goal.
Armadillo is led (and largely funded) by John Carmack, a developer of computer games including DOOM and Quake.
www.wapipedia.org /wikipedia/mobiletopic.aspx?cur_title=Armadillo_Aerospace   (232 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo also has stated a preference for simplicity and reliability over performance, which is evident in its choice of hydrogen peroxide (50 % concentration in water) and methanol as a mixed monopropellant for its Ansari X-Prize class vehicle.
Armadillo is also notable for having an incremental testing strategy that involves firing the engines and flying the vehicle as much as possible, many times more often than other X-prize contenders.
On August 8, 2004, a test flight of Armadillo's prototype vehicle ran out of fuel, crashed, and the vehicle was destroyed.
grupos.xasa.us /wiki/en/wikipedia/a/ar/armadillo_aerospace.html   (337 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo's X-Prize vehicle was unorthodox among modern rockets in that instead of using stabilization fins, which complicate the design and increase drag, Armadillo used an aerodynamically unstable design, where the computer controlled jet vanes based on feedback from fiber optic gyroscopes.
Armadillo also stated a preference for simplicity and reliability over performance, which was evident in its choice of hydrogen peroxide (50 % concentration in water) and methanol as a mixed monopropellant for the vehicle.
Currently, Armadillo is testing a prototype for a suborbital vehicle capable of launching a payload of 200 pounds (91 kg) to a 100 km altitude.
armadillo-aerospace.borgfind.com   (471 words)

  
 Black Armadillo
Black Armadillo was a concept of John Carmack of Armadillo Aerospace, Mesquite, Texas.
Armadillo Aerospace was incorporated on January 1, 2001, with the objective of winning the X-Prize.
Armadillo Aerospace (Mesquite, Texas, USA) performs a successful full-scale drop tests of their X PRIZE vehicle from a helicopter to test the crushable nosecone system.
www.astronautix.com /craft/bladillo.htm   (401 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace
Armadillo Aerospace is one of many amateur projects to develop an inexpensive rocket vehicle.
Armadillo Aerospace is lead by John Carmack, popular computer programmer of games such as Doom and Quake, and has the main goal of winning the X-Prize.
Armadillo is entirely funded by Carmack's Id Software fortune.
www.wordlookup.net /ar/armadillo-aerospace.html   (445 words)

  
 Space Future Journal - The Armadillo Rocketeers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo Aerospace is one of a growing number of start-up ventures attempting to accomplish what NASA
and the big aerospace companies refuse to do: send paying passengers from all walks of life into space to find their destiny or to have a bit of fun.
The Armadillo team has chosen to start their development program using simple hydrogen peroxide rockets, not too different from the propulsion system used in the "rocket belt" jet packs of the 1960s.
www.spacefuture.com /journal/journal.cgi?art=2002.08.08.armadillo_rocketeers   (857 words)

  
 Armadillo (disambiguation) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Armadillo World Headquarters was a music hall and entertainment center in Austin, Texas between 1970 and 1980.
The Armadillo, a nickname for the Clyde Auditorium in Scotland
Armadillo Aerospace, an aerospace company led by John Carmack
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Armadillo_(disambiguation)   (109 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace
In their own words: "Armadillo Aerospace is a small research and development team working on computer-controlled hydrogen peroxide rocket vehicles, with an eye towards X-Prize class vehicle development in the coming years.
The Armadillo vehicle has a single stage and uses a "monopropellant" fuel, which is 90% hydrogen peroxide (remainder is water).
You wouldn't think that such a system could give much thrust, but, apparently, it does, and Armadillo Aerospace are not the only team to be using this fuel.
www.spacefleet.org.uk /xpteams/armadillo_aerospace.htm   (240 words)

  
 Rocket Man Blog: The Black Armadillo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo Aerospace is one of 24 teams currently competing for the X Prize that hopes to be the first to accomplish this unprecedented feat.
The biggest problem John Carmack and Armadillo Aerospace are having with their engine is that there is no good data available on similarly sized engines for them to base their design on.
John Carmack and Armadillo Aerospace are to be especially commended for their efforts because they do a good job of documenting their testing and they put it on the Internet for everybody to see.
www.rocketmanblog.com /2003/09/the_black_armad.html   (2448 words)

  
 FX Claim XP.AA
Armadillo Aerospace wins the X-Prize by the end of 2005.
The claim will be judged false if in the judge's consideration either Armadillo Aerospace or the X-Prize Foundation has ceased to exist prior to the awarding of any prize.
Three people of this size or larger must be able to enter, occupy, and be fastened into the flight vehicle on Earth's surface prior to take-off, and equivalent ballast must be carried in-flight if the number of persons on-board during flight is less than 3 persons.
www.ideosphere.com /fx-bin/Claim?claim=XP.AA   (200 words)

  
 LiveScience.com Blogs » Leonard David
It was a disappointing outcome for the Armadillo Aerospace team who flew their vehicle successfully earlier today - the first leg of a needed two part flight to claim the NASA cash.
Armadillo Aerospace is attempting another rocket run today at the Wirefly X Prize Cup.
Armadillo Aerospace appears to have successfully lofted its Lunar Lander Challenge rocket on its first leg of a two-step vertical takeoff and landing contest at the Wirefly X Prize Cup held here at Las Cruces, New Mexico.
www.livescience.com /blogs/author/leonarddavid   (1693 words)

  
 ARMADILLO AEROSPACE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo is led by John Carmack, a developer of computer games including DOOM and Quake.
All of its employees have other, full-time jobs and contribute their efforts to Armadillo on a voluntary basis.
Armadillo also has stated a preference for simplicity and reliability over performance, which is evident in its choice of hydrogen peroxide and methanol as a mixed monopropellant for its Ansari X-Prize class vehicle.
www.yotor.org /wiki/en/ar/Armadillo%20Aerospace.htm   (322 words)

  
 SPACE.com -- Armadillo Scores Test Liftoff Success In Bid For X Prize
Armadillo Aerospace rocket liftoff, testing elements of larger vehicle designed to try for piloted X Prize competition.
Armadillo is one group among over two dozen teams from seven nations trying to win the Ansari X Prize a $10 million offering that expires on January 1, 2005.
Leading Armadillos bid to snag the X Prize is John Carmack, co-founder and chief technical engineer of id Software.
www.space.com /businesstechnology/technology/armadillo_test_040617.html   (604 words)

  
 Xcor Aerospace -- Recommendations and Resources   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An aerospace manufacturer is a company or individual involved in the various aspects of designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining aircraft, aircraft parts, missiles, rockets, and/or spacecraft.
The aerospace division was launched with the acquisition of Canadair, at the time owned by the Government of Canada and a company that had recorded the then largest loss in history of any Canadian corporation.
Armadillo Aerospace publicly has declared itself fully self-funded.http://www.armadilloaerospace.com/n.x/Armadillo/Home/Business/Investment As of July, 2004, Carmack estimates he has spent around US$1.5 million of his id Software fortune on the project, a tiny sum compared with the budgets of established manned spaceflight programs.http://www.xprize.com/messageboard/viewtopic.php?p=5065#5065
www.becomingapediatrician.com /health/182/xcor-aerospace.html   (1229 words)

  
 Personal Spaceflight » 2006 » October » 21
The leg that broke off was covered with frozen dirt (from the chill of the LOX tank that the leg was attached to) and one of the seams of the tank may be damaged.
Armadillo Aerospace’s Pixel vehicle lifted off on its return trip for the level 1 Lunar Lander Challenge at about 1:35 pm MDT.
Armadillo Aerospace’s Pixel vehicle flew the first leg of the Level One Lunar Lander Challenge, but the vehicle landed off the padd and tipped over.
www.personalspaceflight.info /2006/10/21   (838 words)

  
 Lunar lander challenge ends with a crash - space - 21 October 2006 - New Scientist Tech
Armadillo Aerospace's third attempt to win the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge ended with a crash, dashing its hopes of winning the $350,000 prize.
The team's rocket had 2.5 hours to lift off at one launch pad and hover for 90 seconds at an altitude of 50 metres as it moved to a second launch pad 100 metres away, then do the same thing in reverse.
Armadillo, based in Mesquite, Texas, US, was vying for the $350,000 first prize in the first year of the Lunar Lander Challenge, one of NASA's Centennial Challenges to spark technological advances.
www.newscientisttech.com /article/dn10352   (476 words)

  
 Lunar lander prototype passes test - The New Space Race - MSNBC.com
Armadillo Aerospace's entry in the $2 million Lunar Lander Challenge leaves its launch pad to begin a test flight Thursday at Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico.
Armadillo stands to win a first prize of $350,000 from NASA if the Quad can rise to a height of 50 meters (164 feet), hover for at least 90 seconds, set down on a landing pad 100 meters (328 feet) away from its starting point, and retrace the route back to the start after refueling.
All Armadillo aimed to do was to have the Quad lift off, move through the air for 50 meters, then set down.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/15339434   (842 words)

  
 CNN.com - Armadillo, Romanians join private space race - Oct. 16, 2002
Armadillo Aerospace includes computer game guru John Carmack, second from right, and test pilot Russ Blink, sitting.
The brains behind such legendary PC games as Doom and Quake, he has fixed his sights on the X-Prize, a hefty bounty promised to the first amateur team that builds and flies a manned craft into space.
Describing themselves as "a bunch of guys, a girl and an armadillo named Widget," they meet in a modest industrial park office to build and test gadgets for a vehicle prototype.
www.cnn.com /2002/TECH/space/10/16/xprize.contest/index.html   (880 words)

  
 Mock lunar landers to go head-to-head in X Prize Cup - space - 13 October 2006 - New Scientist Tech
Armadillo Aerospace is the frontrunner for the prize — their Pixel and Texel vehicles use four spherical fuel tanks placed around a central engine (Image: Armadillo Aerospace)
Armadillo Aerospace of Mesquite, Texas, US, is run by John Carmack, creator of the hugely successful Doom video games.
He was also a contender in the $10 million Ansari X Prize, a contest for the first private group to send a reusable crewed spacecraft to the edge of space twice within two weeks.
www.newscientisttech.com /article/dn10284   (1001 words)

  
 Universe Today - Armadillo Aerospace Rocket Destroyed
Armadillo Aerospace's lead engineer and funder John Carmack reported that their prototype rocket ran out of fuel on a test flight and crashed shortly after takeoff.
The $35,000 hydrogen peroxide-powered "Black Armadillo" lifted off from the launch pad and then ran out of fuel 180 metres (590 feet) into the air; it crashed into the ground and was completely destroyed.
The bottom manway flange broke off the tank, and the 450 pound tank with 180 psi pressure still in it got punted about 200 yards away by the gas release.
www.universetoday.com /am/publish/armadilllo_aerospace_rocket_destroyed.html?1082004   (1151 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Armadillo Aerospace est une start-up aérospatiale installée à Mesquite, Texas.
Son but premier est de construire un véhicule spatial capable de remporter le Ansari X Prize, mais Armadillo Aerospace pourrait avoir maintenant des ambitions plus larges.
Armadillo est dirigée (et largement financée) par John Carmack, un développeur de jeux vidéo parmi lesquels DOOM et Quake.
www.in2reach.com /cgi-bin/fr.cgi?armadillo_aerospace.html   (239 words)

  
 Mock lunar lander competition begins - space - 20 October 2006 - New Scientist Space
Armadillo Aerospace has begun its bid to be the first team to win one of NASA's Centennial Challenges — which offer cash prizes to spur the development of new spaceflight technologies.
In level 1 of the competition, Armadillo will attempt to launch their vehicle to a height of 50 metres (150 feet).
Armadillo, based in Mesquite, Texas, US, is the only team competing in the challenge this year — three other teams registered but could not get their vehicles perfected in time.
www.newscientistspace.com /article/dn10348-mock-lunar-lander-competition-begins.html   (509 words)

  
 Armadillo Aerospace   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Since that time, the Armadillo team has accomplished more than some groups have in decades; and each successful achievement leads them to one of their goals.
Armadillo Aerospace has developed and tested innovative new hydrogen-peroxide/alcohol engines, built a one-man vehicle that can hover in place above the ground, and pioneered the use of commercial off-the-shelf parts to dramatically lower development costs.
Armadillo Aerospace is located in Mesquite, Texas, USA.
dev.codelphi.com /jerryshen/archive/2004/10/11/25045.aspx   (526 words)

  
 nbc5i.com - Technology - 'Rocket Man' Preparing Space Blast
The team, called Armadillo Aerospace, work two days a week in a North Texas warehouse to complete construction of a rocket ship they call Black Armadillo.
Armadillo Aerospace hopes to win a national prize, sponsored by The X-Prize Foundation, of St. Louis, of $10 million.
While the news team from NBC 5 collected information and interviews, Armadillo Aerospace launched Black Armadillo for a test flight.
www.nbc5i.com /technology/3341091/detail.html   (342 words)

  
 The Space Review: Climbing the learning curve to space
Armadillo Aerospace’s entry in the Lunar Lander Challenge, Pixel, prepares to land in its bid to win the Lunar Lander Challenge at the X Prize Cup.
When the concept of the X Prize Cup was first floated a few years ago, it was intended as a competition among teams operating suborbital spacecraft, with prizes in categories like the greatest number of flights in a given time period and the highest flight.
Overnight the Armadillo team had replaced the broken legs on Pixel by taking them from Texel, replaced the damaged wires and added additional insulation to them to prevent them from being burned again, and tweaked the flight software to lower the vehicle’s descent rate.
www.thespacereview.com /article/730/1   (2288 words)

  
 The Space Fellowship :: Armadillo suspense
I don't think Armadillo would need to scale down the rocket; they're coming along just fine with the big one right now, and as TJ mentioned, they're probably working on the final, huge rocket in parallel and just not telling anyone.
Armadillo has been a favorite of mine from early-on but I would seriously feel apprehensive about climbing into the cabin of the big vehicle for an unteathered flight.
seems to me armadillo has gone from a pre-x-prize orbital one-stage one-man design to a suborbital one-stage three-man design and are planning to go back to the pre-x-prize design if they don't win the x-prize.
www.spacefellowship.com /Forum/viewtopic.php?t=323   (1296 words)

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