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Action! Filming a Simulated Lunar Landing From the Dusty Desert Floor

20 Oct 2021, 18:00 UTC
Action! Filming a Simulated Lunar Landing From the Dusty Desert Floor Jason Achilles Mezilis/Zandef Deksit, Inc.

Video capture during future lunar landings could play an important role in contributing to researchers’ understanding of disturbances in lunar surface materials – called regolith – caused by the lander’s rocket plume. With support from NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, on Oct. 14, 2021, researchers from Los Angeles-based Zandef Deksit put a high-tech video capture and regolith sensor payload called ExoCam to the test. The desert environment of Mojave, California, provided a stand-in for the surface of the Moon, and the Xodiac vertical takeoff vertical landing (VTVL) platform from Masten Space Systems was the test vehicle.

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