Masten Space Systems has posted a blog entry about today’s test flight, which didn’t go as well as planned.

Today, Masten Space Systems conducted a flight test of Xaero to 1 km altitude with the intention of testing flight controls at higher ascent and descent velocities. Our test objectives were met and initial results show the vehicle performed better than expected at altitude. However, the vehicle was lost during final approach to landing, and the initial cause appears to be a throttle valve failure. The most important thing is that our team is safe and with the data from this test, we expect to be flying again soon!

Thanks for your support!

That’s why they call it testing.

Written by Astro1 on September 11th, 2012 , Masten Space Systems

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