Test took place on December 16, 2014.
Free Flight 15 (FF15) objectives were roughly the same as FF14 (though it’s been quite a while) and that was to ascend to an altitude of 245 m (803.8 ft.). At apex it pitched into a 30 degree glide slope & imaged Hazard field to determine safe landing sites. It enacted 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 descended onto the marked landing area inside Hazard Field. The entire test took approximately 97 seconds.
This was the first successful closed loop, all ALHAT controlled flight and was possibly the final flight from Kennedy Space Center’s Hazard Field at the north end of the space shuttle landing facility runway. It’s scheduled to move from KSC to Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center for further testing but you never know with these things.
Morpheus Lander “Bravo Vehicle” Vertical Test Bed (VTB) is a vertical take-off and landing vehicle from NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) program that, in the future will be able to land more than 1100lbs. 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.
STREAM TESTS 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