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BonNovA, a design firm specializing in innovative invention and engineering for aerospace and all industries, was one of the competing teams in the Northrop Grumman X-Prize Cup Lunar Lander Challenge for 2007, 2008, and 2009.[1][2][3][4][5]

LLC Team

The BonNova rocket team for the Lunar Lander Challenge was led by their chief engineer, Allen Newcomb, a rocket engineer with a career background of combined experience in avionics and design for extreme environments that can expose equipment to extreme heat such as oil wells, and race cars with brutal vibrations and extreme EMI.[6] As an avionics engineer at SpaceDev, Newcomb built the rocket avionics for SpaceShipOne. He designed some of the electronics and all of the Mission Control and operations software for CHIPSat.[7]

Newcomb named the lightweight spaceship he designed "Lauryad," after a spaceship in the novel Flight, by American novelist, poet and actress Vanna Bonta, whom Newcomb credited with inspiring the endeavor.[8][9] The team consisted of the Chief Engineer, Creative Director, a GNC Aerospace Engineer, a Computer Engineer, Machinist Engineer, and pit crew member. The team mascot was a Chow Chow named Sky. Bonta funded the start up and served as BonNova's Creative Director.[10]

File:LauryadRocket Fire First Fligh.jpg
Lunar Lander "Lauryad" first liftoff; contender in Northrop Grumman NASA sponsored Lunar Lander Challenge

Lunar lander

The team built two vehicles, Lauryad I and II. The lunar landers weighed 200 lbs and 300 lbs, respectively, fueled by Propane and N2O, with ~350 lbs. thrust.[11][12] The lightweight lander is constructed from high-strength carbon fiber and weighs only 77 pounds dry.[13]

Space access

BonNova attended the 2009 Space Access Society conference. Aerospace engineer Bob Noteboom presented the team's vehicle design and progress report. Team members Allen Newcomb and Vanna Bonta were present.[14] The team mission statement, vehicle overview, and original technology were presented. One patentable invention was a Rocket Engine Overpressurization Release Protection System (REORPS), a concept invented by Vanna Bonta and engineered by Newcomb that releases pressure during ignition stages, which Noteboom said protected the graphite engine from blowing up on a few tests.[15][16][17]

BonNova announced it intended to attempt to claim the Level 1 prize.[18] It accomplished successful engine tests[19] and brief liftoff[20] within less development time than other teams who had over 2 years head start, but announced withdrawal the weekend before the scheduled date.[21][22] In a competition where everyone pushed the limits of rocket efficiency, BonNova's rocket stood out as the lightest-weight and smallest vehicle.[23][24]

See also


  1. BonNova | X Prize foundation
  2. Lunar Lander Liftoff MSNBC Cosmic Log, January 31, 2007
  3. Google Lunar X Prize's race to the moon has begun, by Declan McCullagh; CNET. December 6, 2007
  4. Prize-Contender Lauryad Lunar Lander Lifts Off RLV and Space Transport News, January 21, 2009
  5. BonNovA BonNovA website
  6. ZoomInfo Allen Newcomb, avionics engineer
  7. Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Team BonNova X Prize Foundation
  8. Lunar Lander Liftoff, by Alan Boyle NBC News — January 31, 2007
  9. BonNova
  10. ZoomInfo Vanna Bonta, Creative Director
  11. BonNova Space Access
  12. BonNova | X Prize foundation
  13. Lauryad Lunar Lander Lifts Off HULIQ; January 21, 2009
  14. BonNova Space Access; video presentation 2009
  15. BonNova Space Access Video, footage 8:44
  16. U.S. Patent Office REORPS, Rocket Engine Over-pressurization Release System | Provisional Patent US 61/205,056 January 30, 2009; "Method/device to prevent damage to high combustion engines during the start transient as mixtures may contain more propellant than normal before ignition."
  17. The 2Suit Adds New Meaning to the Term ‘Mother of Invention’, by Jennipher Adkins; Inventors Digest magazine; May 2009
  18. Welcome BonNovA: 4th Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Competitor The Launch Pad, October 6, 2009
  19. Space Fellowship, "Successful rocket engine tests of the Lauryad" newsvideo; March 16, 2008
  20. Lauryad - First liftoff YouTube video
  21. Rocket Contest Reaches End Game; NBC News, October 26, 2009
  22. NGLLC09: BonNova Out, Masten and Unreasonable Coming Up, The Launch Pad; October 26, 2009
  23. BonNova Takes Off!, Google Lunar X-Prize; January 14, 2009
  24. NGLLC 09: BonNova Out, Masten and Unreasonable Coming Up , by Amanda Stiles, Google Lunar X Prize — October 26th, 2009

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