MORPHEUS LANDER: FREE FLIGHT 11 “FF11.”
Illustration Credit: NASA Morpheus Team of Free Flight 10: CLICK photo for larger size and see below for information, links and a videos of the previous free flights.
LAUNCH ALERT; For those of you following the beautiful Morpheus Lander they’re not giving us much time to breathe between test flights (that’s a good thing) so here we go again TODAY!
NASA’s Morpheus Lander “Bravo Vehicle” will conduct Free Flight 11 (FF11). Weather & vehicle permitting, ignition is scheduled to commence on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1900 UTC (1500 EDT or 1200 PDT) at NASA Kennedy Space Center out at Hazard Field at the north end of the former space shuttle runway. I placed the live streaming feed link below, check it out!
The Morpheus Lander is a vertical take-off and landing vehicle that in the future will be able to land more than 1000lbs. on the surface of the Moon, Mars and possibly beyond to include the landing of astronauts. Morpheus is equipped with the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT) which will navigate the vehicle upon automated planetary decent.
Free Flight 11 (FF11) objectives are roughly the same as FF10, and that’s to ascend to an altitude of 245 m (803.8 ft.). At apex it will pitch into a 30 degree glide slope & image Hazard field to determine safe landing sites. It will enact a pre-planned hazard avoidance maneuver, diverting 24 m (78.7 ft.) laterally before moving down range a predicted 406.5 m (1,332 ft.) at 12.5 m/s (41 f/s) then descend onto the marked landing area inside Hazard Field. The entire test should take approximately 96 seconds.
STREAM TEST LIVE HERE: http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/live/
Morpheus Lander VIDEO page: http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/videos/
NASA Morpheus Page: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/#
Project Morpheus Homepage: http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/
Morpheus Lander Fact Sheet: http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/fs-2013-05-010-morpheus_factsheet.pdf
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