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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #1 on: 05/04/2011 08:21 PM »
Cool, thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #2 on: 05/04/2011 09:25 PM »
looks ready...
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Good catch. They really should pimp these things better, as it's easy to miss a test.

This one is about 10 minutes away, however.

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Vented a bit, then nothing, so assume that's not worked to plan.

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Fired just then. Seemed very unstable for the latter part.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #6 on: 05/04/2011 09:57 PM »
Darn, missed the firing, but there's a *load* of grassfire smoke there now.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #7 on: 05/04/2011 10:16 PM »
Ground support team moved back in. Control looks pleased so far...
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #8 on: 05/04/2011 10:26 PM »
Follow @MorpheusLander on Twitter.
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #9 on: 05/05/2011 12:03 AM »
Found a nice video on YouTube.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #10 on: 05/05/2011 12:15 AM »
Found a nice video on YouTube.



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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #11 on: 05/05/2011 04:36 AM »
This is today's flight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5nFTOiUt0&feature=feedu

They are demonstrating iterative development.  Possible with more stages than they intended.  They have got engine start and takeoff to work.  Next they are probably going to have to learn how to hover.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #12 on: 05/05/2011 09:45 PM »
This is today's flight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_5nFTOiUt0&feature=feedu

They are demonstrating iterative development.  Possible with more stages than they intended.  They have got engine start and takeoff to work.  Next they are probably going to have to learn how to hover.
Ha, maybe they need to talk to the "old smart guys" from Grumman...:)
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #13 on: 06/02/2011 01:47 AM »
heh, apparently today's test caused an uncontrolled grass fire.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/28098870/detail.html

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #14 on: 06/02/2011 02:02 AM »
heh, apparently today's test caused an uncontrolled grass fire.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/28098870/detail.html

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"Uncontrolled" may not be the right word for it.  Building were not evacuated.  Traffic was onsite or offsite was not impacted.  Fire departements were on standby, after all we have not had any rain for a while, and since, after all there were rockets that were going to be fired in the in middle of a very dry pasture. 
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #15 on: 06/02/2011 03:30 AM »
Here is the video of the fifth test.  Morpheus has now learnt how to hover.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMSyr4Y3Vsc&feature=feedu



I wonder if the next test will still be 7th June or will they be ordered to move to White Sands?

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #16 on: 06/02/2011 11:01 AM »
Well, at least they've got her flying straight this time! :D That TVC issue on the previous test was pretty hair-raising! Still, it's good to see that NASA still does good R&D work (so long as the project goes under the radar for a while).


@ A_M,

I don't see any reason to move the project to White Sands unless they're planning to move to untethered flight.
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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #17 on: 06/02/2011 07:00 PM »
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@ A_M,

I don't see any reason to move the project to White Sands unless they're planning to move to untethered flight.

It is difficult to test a vehicle's cross country ability whilst tethered to a crane so there are probably going to be some untethered flights.

That should save the grass at JSC.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #18 on: 06/02/2011 07:43 PM »
They're definitely getting a lot better with time.  Unlike their first several flights this one wouldn't have crashed had it been untethered.  Still more wobbly than ideal, but I'm sure their GN&C team will eventually get it dialed in.  Looking forward to seeing the free-flights.

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Re: Morpheus Lander Testing at JSC and KSC - Update Thread
« Reply #19 on: 06/04/2011 01:43 PM »
As a fanboy, it is great to see progress on anything that looks like a moon lander :)

When can we expect to see something derived from this on a real mission?

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