Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals [Aerospace Magazine]


Nicole Quenelle and John Kelly

Dec 30, 2020

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

Article excerpt:

“…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.”

Space—Landing and Relanding