FleaPlus writes: Recently Masten Aerospace, winner of NASA's 2009 Lunar Lander Challenge, demonstrated using their 'Xombie' vehicle the first-ever mid-flight restart of a VTVL (vertical-takeoff vertical-landing) rocket, a critical capability for the emerging suborbital/microgravity science and passenger markets (video from ground). Not to be outdone, John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace (winner of the 2008 Lunar Lander Challenge) flew their 'Mod' rocket to 2000 feet (610m), deployed a drogue parachute, and then restarted the engine to land (multi-view video showing John Carmack at the controls).
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