Project Morpheus Tether Test #28: Eighty Seconds over ‘Mars’
Morpheus Bravo vehicle executed a successful tether test on August 7, 2013 at Johnson Space Center. The combined Morpheus/JPL team met all test objectives including engine ignition, ascent, a 3 meter lateral translation over simulated Mars soil provided by JPL to help them with a plume study, 40 seconds of hover at the apex, and a slant descent to “landing” using free flight guidance. The entire flight duration was ~80 seconds. All though the Mars soil simulant is not typical for Morpheus test fires, it sure made for a spectacular show!