nasaTesting a prototype lander! The first free flight of a Morpheus prototype lander was conducted Tuesday at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. The 54-second test began with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending approximately 50 feet, then hovering for about 15 seconds. The lander then flew forward and landed on its pad approximately 23 feet from the launch point.
Project Morpheus integrates NASA's automated landing and hazard avoidance technology (ALHAT) with an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, or "green" propellants, into a fully-operational lander that could deliver cargo to asteroids and other planetary surfaces.
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- olw83Id so like to see the future now and bot later. If economy holds steadily we might see planetary housing and stuff.
- whatssatPure awesome, congratulations on a pretty sweet successful test!
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- justbaut90@macatack89 while SpaceX is doing an amazing job with their Grasshopper, it's not feasible by any stretch of the imagination. It's a proof of concept. Nothing more. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grasshopper_(rocket) (Here they used the term "experimental technology-demonstrator") Morpheus is an actual rapid prototype lander. All of the education and information NASA engineers - new and old - will learn from this will help us get back to the moon and beyond.
- kazvorpalJustbaut, it IS a viable idea, just one that the corrupt bureaucrats at NASA always sabotaged, until private space flight. For example, the Air Force was developing the Delta Clipper, which was successful and under budget. NASA got territorial, forced it to be turned over to them, then sent it over budget, producing a catastrophic set of failures until it was cancelled.
- trojan_fanGive us some video!
- pilypr24give us the hole thing
- halmulla92@yousefalzuwawi na3m la7eghom?
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