Space Lander Of The Future

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PostSat Dec 14, 2013 9:00 am » by Dagnamski


http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24748-space-lander-of-the-future-takes-fiery-flight.html?utm_source=NSNS&utm_medium=SOC&utm_campaign=hoot&cmpid=SOC|NSNS|2013-GLOBAL-hoot#.Uqv5kbT92hs

Untethered and, more importantly, not exploding this time around, NASA's Morpheus lander roared into life and climbed 15 metres above a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday.

Designed to be a test bed for future lunar, asteroid and planetary cargo lander designs, the liquid oxygen and methane-powered spacecraft then hovered and nudged itself sideways before landing 7.5 metres from where it took off – missing a target by just 15 centimetres.

This success is a far cry from 9 August 2012, when an earlier model crashed and burned on its first free flight test. That fate can be a regular problem for such landers: back in 1968 Neil ArmstrongMovie Camera narrowly escaped death when his lunar module test bed went similarly awry. He ejected just in time.


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