Many of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge teams are still quite active. Here's another update on some of those teams. This is an impressive week of activity, considering that many of the RLV News posts cover more than one topic.
Armadillo Aerospace update - RLV News - This one features a post by Ben Brockert on the new tube rocket.
Armadillo Aerospace photos - RLV News
Getting ready for big hot flamey stuff at Armadillo - RLV News - This one was also updated to include some Masten pictures.
Briefs: A SS1 for the backyard; A historic Armadillo rocket - RLV News
Briefs: Masten engine test; Armadillo engine test - RLV News
Here's more about the Masten engine test mentioned above:
@ikluft: Preparing for @mastenspace static rocket engine firing test at #Mojave http://twitpic.com/3tc2yn
I got to watch today... successful @mastenspace rocket engine static test - 3 firings
From an earlier tweet I'm guessing that this next one happened a couple days after the ones above:
@dmasten: Yep, #thrust. Looked like a good run. We're testing engine extremes. http://twitpic.com/3ty726
Briefs: Speed Up update; Alaskan sounding rockets - RLV News
Mr. Bezos, "please don't be evil" - RLV News - This one covers a post at Unreasonable Rocket about patents and openness.
Some Armadillo Q and A - RLV News
@mastenspace: January 30 is the deadline for @mastenspace summer internships! Apply now! Exciting time in sRLV dev / flight testing! http://bit.ly/cAemQk
@spaceberger: After 2 weeks in Mojave, I'm heading home. Had a great time working w/ @mastenspace. Plenty still to do though! Bring it on!
Team Phoenicia continues its series of Zephyr Aurora updates:
wikkit : James welding inside the tube rocket. http://twitpic.com/3tzj6n
So how bad do you think it would make me look if I was to webcast an engine test and the engine destroyed itself?
Dual-Fluid Single-Launch Propellant Depots - Selenian Boondocks
The 2011 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference will be held in a few weeks - February 28 - March 2. Here is the preliminary program. The preliminary program includes a student competition session with a Masten Student Prizes Address by Colin Ake, presentations on the Student Suborbital Experiment and Student Essay, and awards. The program also includes an update session on flight provider program status, with Dave Masten representing Masten Space Systems and Neil Milburn representing Armadillo Aerospace. Blue Origin, XCOR Aerospace, and Virgin Galactic are also represented. The conference covers many other topics, too - check the preliminary program for more information.
With all of this activity from the teams long after the prizes, I wonder how much interest there would be in another variant on a lunar lander challenge?