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Post by demon @ 10:20am 25/10/06 | 13 Comments
id software's co-founder John Carmack & his company 'Armadillo Aerospace' have failed to secure the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander challenge prize money when the rocket (dubbed 'pixel') tipped over & crashed shortly after take-off on it's second attempt. The rocket, designed for vertical take-off & landing, had previously completed a first attempt but sustained damage on landing which disqualified it. Now that the second attempt has failed Carmack is pulling the plug.
"Pixel is probably not going to fly again,” Carmack said in a post-crash interview. "It's down for the count.”
full story link.

UPDATE : After some inspection of the downed rocket 'pixel' Carmack has decided to try again next year & is hopefull of a successful flight & landing. Story Update.
“We could have won this year with a little good luck, but by next year we will be so well prepared that it would take crushing bad luck to keep us from winning,” Carmack emphasized.


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Tim
Posted 12:45pm 25/10/06
Lol, how funny is that!

I remember seeing the doco on SBS or ABC about that whole private enterprise space race thing. Carmack's spaceship looked pretty crappy then, and I assume it didn't get any better. ;)
Monkey_Magic
Posted 06:18pm 26/10/06
Get masking tape mod jeeeeez.
Mr.Bumpy
Posted 03:39am 27/10/06
I guess the differences between a 3d game engine and a rocket engine were bigger than expected for ol' Johnny Carmack.
fuzz_3o
Posted 09:34am 28/10/06
"My only regret is that Carmack wasn't on the rocket, and it didn't crash land on some martian base with no lights, spooky demons and TWO HANDED FUCKING TORCHES ZOMG CAN'T USE PISTOL WITH TORCH.

*cough*"

ROFL
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