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Armadillo Aerospace

Team name: Armadillo Aerospace
Vehicle name(s): MOD & QUAD (PIXEL)
Team leader: John Carmack
Team members: James Bauer, Tommy Bishop, Russ Blink, Phil Eaton, Joseph Lagrave, Neil Milburn, and Matthew Ross
Website: http://www.armadilloaerospace.com
Fuel: LOX, Ethanol and Helium
Level(2): One and Two
Vehicle Weight: 1340lbs and 2250lbs, respectively
Thrust: ~1800lbs and 3000lbs, respectively



Armadillo Aerospace, based in Mesquite Texas, is a veteran of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, as the only team to have flown a vehicle in the competition, at both the 2006 and 2007 X PRIZE Cup. Founded in 2000, they were until recently an all-volunteer crew, working towards the development of reusable rocket powered vehicles, led by John Carmack, 3D graphics pioneer and video game developer. They will be entering their MOD and QUAD vehicles into the Level One and Two competitions, respectively. In addition to their participation the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, Armadillo was a contender in the Ansari X PRIZE, and has done work for the Rocket Racing League, NASA, and the Air Force. Since 2000, Armadillo has done over a hundred flight tests in a dozen different vehicles.

Read the Armadillo blog to keep up with all of the news about the team.

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Armadillo nearly won the Level One competition last year at the 2007 X PRIZE Cup, coming seven seconds from victory. But unfortunately, engine problems didn't allow them to hover for the full 90 seconds required for the competition.

Team Armadillo is:


John Carmack

James Bauer

Tommy Bishop

Russell Blink


Phil Eaton

Joseph LaGrave

Neil Milburn

Matthew Ross