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Media Members View the Hazard Field and Speak with Morpheus Managers
Media Members View the Hazard Field and Speak with Morpheus Managers

2012-4172 (08/01/2012) -- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, field at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, members of the media view the hazard field and speak with Morpheus managers. At left, in the blue shirt is Gregory Gaddis, Kennedy Project Morpheus/ALHAT site manager. Testing of the prototype lander had been ongoing at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free-flight test at Kennedy Space Center. The SLF will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus utilizes an autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, payload that will allow it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is one of 20 small projects comprising the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, program in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. AES projects pioneer new approaches for rapidly developing prototype systems, demonstrating key capabilities and validating operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. For more information on Project Morpheus, visit http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett

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