NASA's Morpheus Flies Free in Kennedy Test
NASA's Project Morpheus is a prototype autonomous lander designed for vertical takeoff and landing, developed as a testbed for future spacecraft that will help NASA deliver cargo and payloads to support future crewed missions to the Moon and even asteroids. "The first free flight of a Morpheus prototype lander was conducted Dec. 10, 2013, at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. The 54-second test began with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending approximately 50 feet, then hovering for about 15 seconds. The lander then flew forward and landed on its pad about 23 feet from the launch point."