(October 26, 2009 - Cosmic Log MSNBC) This small cadre of rocketeers - headed by engineer Allen Newcomb, a veteran of the SpaceShipOne development effort at Scaled Composites in Mojave, Calif. - announced on the eve of their scheduled launch attempt that they were dropping out of the race... "BonNova regrets to announce that we will not be flying in the competition this year," the team said on Sunday in response to an e-mail inquiry.
Similar regrets were posted as a Twitter update... Just a few hours before dropping out, BonNova
said it would distribute an update on its plans "as soon as the team gets in from the field" - which suggests that Newcomb
and his teammates (including actress, author and sometime space sexologist Vanna Bonta) took one last look at their progress before deciding not to fly today.
(April 3, 2009 Phoenix, Arizona) BonNovA, a team competing in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge, was represented at the 2009 Space Access Society conference with attendance by chief engineer Allen Newcomb, Bob Noteboom, and Vanna Bonta.
SPACE.com intervews Team BonNova chief engineer Allen Newcomb about the Lauryad Lunar Lander.