Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals

The Reusable Launch Vehicles Technical Committee brings together experts to focus on leading-edge programs and developments in this area

By Nicole Quenelle and John Kelly | December 2020 | Aerospace America

Aerospace America, December 2020

“…In September, NASA licensee Psionic Technologies, based in Virginia, flew its commercial version of NDL technology on Masten’s Xodiac vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle in Mojave, California. Xodiac functions much like a lander, providing testing to validate Psionic’s navigation algorithms and data processing and enabling the company to make any modifications before advancing to a future closed-loop flight test. Maturation provided by the flight also supports production of flight-ready NDL units that companies could use on contract under NASA’s Human Landing System program.”

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