Masten Space Systems’ XA-0.1B “Xombie’ vertical-landing, suborbital rocket demonstrator reached 1,626 ft., its highest altitude yet, during a test flight of a precision navigation system at Mojave, Calif., on March 25. The vehicle was controlled for the 80-sec. flight by Charles Stark Draper Laboratory’s Guidance Embedded Navigator Integration Environment (Genie) system developed under NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program. The agency is using the Xombie and Genie — a closed-loop planetary ...

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