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Project Morpheus Free Flight 11

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Morpheus Completes Free Flight Test

A free-flight test of the Morpheus prototype lander was conducted April 24 at the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 98-second test began at 3:20 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph.

Credit: NASA's Kennedy Space Center

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Project Morpheus Free Flight 11

The Morpheus/ALHAT team successfully completed Free Flight 11 (FF1) at the KSC Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) on Thursday, 24-Apr-2014, the Bravo vehicle's 9th and the ALHAT system's 2nd free flight test. In FF11, as in FF10, ALHAT operated in open-loop mode, imaging the Hazard Field and calculating navigation solutions in real time during flight, though not yet navigating the vehicle, meaning Bravo autonomously flew a pre-programmed trajectory as before. ALHAT engineers will use this flight data to continue tuning and improving their system performance. Successful open-loop ALHAT flights, including FF12 next week, will lead to closed-loop ALHAT free flights planned for late May, in which ALHAT will "take the stick", diverting Bravo from an initial "unsafe" landing point and navigating to a safe landing site within the Hazard Field at the KSC SLF.

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Credit: NASA/Project Morpheus

Source: NASA/JSC - Morpheus Lander

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