Astrobotic expands with acquisition of Masten Space Systems

Astrobotic acquires Masten Space Systems

Astrobotic has acquired Masten space system including that firm heritage of more than 600 vertical takeoff and landing rocket flights VTVL: This acquisition also includes Masten’s portfolio of advanced space technology development programs that have been advanced over 18 years of operations. Astrobotic and Masten’s combined workforce of more than employees will continue operations in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at the Mojave air and space port in California.

The combined company will maintain sub-orbital flight operations at Masten test sites Mojave with plans to continue offering the space industry a key testing site for hot fire rockets test. Masten established itself as a leader in VTVL Flight programs which has demonstrated industry-leading landing precision and rapid reusable over its 600+ VTVL flights to date.

Since 2011 Masten has served NASA flight opportunities programs providing flight to NASA sponsored payloads to prepare them for space flight. Masten rockets have flown payloads for current and future lunar and interplanetary missions including Astrobotic opal terrain relative navigation systems. Honeybee robotics planet vac system and NASA jet propulsion laboratory lander vision system for the Mars Curiosity mission.

At Astrobotic the former Masten team will continue to offer and develop its unique test capabilities including providing VTVL test flights for commercial and government customers. Astrobotic plans to expand these test flight offerings with the development of the next generation XOGDOR rocket which will offer higher altitude longer missions and supersonic flight for sub-orbital payload testing.

Beyond VTVL flight Masten propulsion test stand will advance rocket technology for both external customers as well as the Astrobotic department This testing infrastructure which ranges from single elements injector testing to 25000-pound thrust rocket engines testing to landing simulations testing will provide a variety of hot fire solution to support Astrobotic and its customers.

Astrobotic will also continue to advance Masten’s space technology portfolio which includes innovation in lunar water mining technology and lunar infrastructure construction technology. These new technologies are highly complementary to the Astrobotic lander, rovers, and surface systems product line. Masten suborbital launch vehicle and propulsion test center are national assets for the space industry.

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