Stennis engineers conducted tests on a new liquid methane, liquid oxygen engine used to power the Project Morpheus lander.
Prototype space lander to test hazard-ridden landings at Kennedy.
After sticking to the ground for upgrades the past several months, the Project Morpheus prototype lander took to the skies at Johnson Space Center again on Tuesday.
The Morpheus lander is scheduled to take flight untethered for the first time in May. It will be the first prototype spacecraft to fly at Johnson since before man walked on the moon.
Neighbors of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston may notice some loud noises coming from the 1,600-acre site in the coming weeks.
It’s exactly what everyone’s looking for: an engine that works on cheaper, less toxic, more readily available fuels. This engine just happens to be for a rocket.
NASA is developing technologies that will allow lunar landers to automatically identify and navigate to the location of a safe landing site while detecting landing hazards during the final descent to the surface.