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aahs_p002063 - A black and white photo of an old airplane

aahs_p002063 - A black and white photo of an old airplane

Bell XFM-1 After Accident Left Front View Public domain photograph of a bomber aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

aahs_p002062 - A black and white photo of an old airplane

aahs_p002062 - A black and white photo of an old airplane

Bell XFM-1 After Accident Close Up Cockpit left side Public domain photograph of a bomber aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

XB-51 High Rear, US Air Force Photo

XB-51 High Rear, US Air Force Photo

NARA B26518..26 Sep 49 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

XB-51 Taxi, US Air Force Photo

XB-51 Taxi, US Air Force Photo

NARA B26520..29 Jun 50 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

XB-51 Landing 2, US Air Force Photo

XB-51 Landing 2, US Air Force Photo

NARA B26536..9 Mar 50 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

XB-51 Take Off 3, US Air Force Photo

XB-51 Take Off 3, US Air Force Photo

NARA B26528..29 Jun 50 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Project Morpheus prototype lander’s engine begins to fire during a tether test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. During the test, the lander is lifted 20 feet by crane, and will ascend another 10 feet, maneuver backwards 10 feet, and then fly forward and descend to its original position, landing at the end of the tether onto a transportable launch platform. Testing of the prototype lander was performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for tethered and free flight testing at Kennedy.    The landing facility 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 being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Daniel Casper KSC-2013-4285

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Project Morpheus prototype lander’s engine begins to fire during a tether test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. During the ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported out from its checkout building for a short trip to a launch position at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-4110

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed veh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported out from its checkout building for a short trip to a launch position at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at ... More

ELECTRICAL PROTOTYPE POWER PROCESSING UNIT PPU

ELECTRICAL PROTOTYPE POWER PROCESSING UNIT PPU

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/23/1977 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: Larsen Scan Location Building No: 301 Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

An air-to-air top front view of an F-16XL Fighting Falcon prototype aircraft armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on each wing tip and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the undercarriage

An air-to-air top front view of an F-16XL Fighting Falcon prototype ai...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Farnborough Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: General Dynamics Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... More

An air-to-air left side view of the F-16XL Fighting Falcon prototype aircraft as it undergoes refueling operations while on a demonstration flight during the Farnborough Air Show. The aircraft is armed with AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles on the wing tips and AIM-7 Sparrow missiles on the undercarriage

An air-to-air left side view of the F-16XL Fighting Falcon prototype a...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Farnborough Country: England / Great Britain (ENG) Scene Camera Operator: General Dynamics Corp. Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mili... More

A left rear view of a fast attack vehicle (FAV) prototype parked on the test driving range. The FAV is equipped with an M60 machine gun in front of the passengers seat and a Mark 19 Mod 3 40 mm automatic grenade launcher on the roll cage

A left rear view of a fast attack vehicle (FAV) prototype parked on th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Fort Lewis State: Washington (WA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: MSGT Gene D. Tackett Release Status: Released t... More

A left front view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, landing after a test flight

A left front view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... More

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype) touching down on a runway after a test flight

A right front view of the B-1B bomber testbed aircraft (originally the...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: Joe Lahoski Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A close-up front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) aircraft

A close-up front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: TECH. SGT. Bob Simons Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A port quarter view of the Mark IV prototype fast patrol boat (XFPB) pier side. The boat was manufactured by Halter Marine of New Orleans and is here for testing

A port quarter view of the Mark IV prototype fast patrol boat (XFPB) p...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Macdill Air Force Base State: Florida (FL) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: OS2 John Bouvia Release Status: Releas... More

A close-up view of the various components that make up the prototype head set to be used by future air crew members

A close-up view of the various components that make up the prototype h...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Brooks Air Force Base State: Texas (TX) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SENIOR AIRMAN David Locker Release Status... More

The modified X-34, known as A-1A, rests in the background of the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., while an integrated team of KSC, Dryden Flight Research Center and Orbital Sciences Corporation engineers and technicians bring the X-34 A-1A vehicle closer to test flight readiness. Since September, eight NASA engineering technicians from KSC's Engineering Prototype Lab have assisted in the complex process of converting the X-34 A-1 vehicle from captive carry status to unpowered flight status, the A-1A. The X-34 is 58.3 feet long, 27.7 feet wide from wing tip to wing tip, and 11.5 feet tall from the bottom of the fuselage to the top of the tail. The autonomously operated technology demonstrator will be air-launched from an L-1011 airplane and should be capable of flying eight times the speed of sound, reaching an altitude of 250,000 feet. The X-34 Project is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala KSC-99pp1271

The modified X-34, known as A-1A, rests in the background of the Dryde...

The modified X-34, known as A-1A, rests in the background of the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., while an integrated team of KSC, Dryden Flight Research Center and Orbital Scien... More

Mr. Dutch DeGay, Project Engineer for the Objective Force Warrior Program, conducts a Pentagon press briefing on the Armys prototype combat orm. The prototypes helmet incorporates infrared thermal, day/night video cameras, chemical-biological sensors, a global positioning system, broadcast heads-up display and ballistic protection. The torso garment incorporates body armor and has physiological status monitors that allows the individual soldier, as well as the medics on the battlefield, to know exactly what the individual soldiers physical condition is at any given time. The orm is suitable for all climate conditions, having the capability of being heated or cooled. The combat...

Mr. Dutch DeGay, Project Engineer for the Objective Force Warrior Prog...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Mr. Dutch DeGay, Project Engineer for the Objective Force Warrior Program, conducts a Pentagon press briefing on the Armys proto... More

The wedge-shaped X-33 was a sub-scale technology demonstration prototype of a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). Through demonstration flights and ground research, NASA's X-33 program was to provide the information needed for industry representatives such as Lockheed Martin (builder of the X-33 Venture Star) to decide by the year 2000 whether to proceed with the development of a full-scale, commercial RLV program. This program would dramatically increase reliability and lower the costs of putting a payload into space. This would in turn create new opportunities for space access and significantly improve U.S. economic competitiveness in the worldwide launch marketplace. NASA would be a customer, not the operator in the commercial RLV. The X-33 program was cancelled in 2001. X-33

The wedge-shaped X-33 was a sub-scale technology demonstration prototy...

The wedge-shaped X-33 was a sub-scale technology demonstration prototype of a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). Through demonstration flights and ground research, NASA's X-33 program was to provide the information... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype lander for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is prepared for further assembly in a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The ramps provide RESOLVE’s rover an avenue to mount or dismount the lander.     RESOLVE consists of a rover and drill provided by the Canadian Space Agency to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will be conducting field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies.  For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky KSC-2012-3263

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype lander for NASA’s Regolith and En...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype lander for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is prepared for further assembly in a test facility behind t... More

NEW YORK – Space shuttle Enterprise hangs in a specialized sling as a crew continues demate operations for the prototype spacecraft. The work took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Enterprise, a prototype built to test aspects of the space shuttle design, will be displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-2799

NEW YORK – Space shuttle Enterprise hangs in a specialized sling as a ...

NEW YORK – Space shuttle Enterprise hangs in a specialized sling as a crew continues demate operations for the prototype spacecraft. The work took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project dismounts from the RESOLVE lander during a dry run using ramps attached to the prototype lander.      RESOLVE consists of a rover and drill provided by the Canadian Space Agency to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will conduct field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies.  For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-3274

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In a test facility behind the Operations and Ch...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – In a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and O... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This overhead view of the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project was taken in a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and provides a clear view of its solar array, as well as the placement of the ramps that provide it with an avenue to mount or dismount the prototype lander beneath it.       RESOLVE consists of a rover and drill provided by the Canadian Space Agency to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will conduct field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies.  For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-3271

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This overhead view of the prototype rover Artem...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This overhead view of the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project was taken in a test facilit... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of the hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander near the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-3654

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of the hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander near the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Te... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –This aerial view shows a rock and crater-filled planetary scape that has been built at the north end of the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The site will allow engineers to test the Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT system on the Project Morpheus lander. Testing will demonstrate ALHAT’s ability to provide required navigation data negotiating the Morpheus lander away from risks during descent.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-3945

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –This aerial view shows a rock and crater-filled ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. –This aerial view shows a rock and crater-filled planetary scape that has been built at the north end of the Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility. The site will allow engineers t... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Support equipment for NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is unloaded at a building at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/ Charisse Nahser KSC-2012-4026

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Support equipment for NASA's Morpheus lander, a...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Support equipment for NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is unloaded at a building at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morph... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is unloaded at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/ Charisse Nahser KSC-2012-4012

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed veh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is unloaded at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and au... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is uncrated after unloading at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/ Charisse Nahser KSC-2012-4020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed veh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is uncrated after unloading at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsio... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, at its launch position along the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-4117

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, at its launch position along the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joins Morpheus project manager Dr. Jon Olansen, pointing at monitor, in the control room at the Shuttle Landing Facility for the first tethered flight of the Morpheus lander.    After undergoing testing at Johnson Space Center in Houston for nearly a year, Morpheus arrived at Kennedy on July 27 to begin about three months of tests. A field, replete with boulders, rocks, slopes, craters and hazards to avoid, was created at the north end of Kennedy's runway to provide a realistic landscape for test flights of the lander. Morpheus utilizes autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, to navigate to a safe landing site 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-4253

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joins Morpheus project manager Dr. Jon Olansen, pointing at monitor, in the control room at the Shuttle Landin... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, seal prototype is being checked out at the Launch Equipment Test Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tests will use a mockup of the vehicle Outer Mold Line and CAA white room to test the performance of the seal while simulating vehicle to CAA white room excursions.      Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry crews to space beyond low Earth orbit. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on a Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2012-6229

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, s...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, seal prototype is being checked out at the Launch Equipment Test Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tests will use a moc... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, seal prototype is being checked by technicians and engineers at the Launch Equipment Test Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The tests will use a mockup of the vehicle Outer Mold Line and CAA white room to assess the performance of the seal while simulating vehicle to CAA white room excursions.      Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry crews to space beyond low Earth orbit. It will provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. The first unpiloted test flight of the Orion is scheduled to launch in 2014 atop a Delta IV rocket and in 2017 on a Space Launch System rocket. For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2012-6228

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, s...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The Orion spacecraft crew access arm, or CAA, seal prototype is being checked by technicians and engineers at the Launch Equipment Test Facility at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA Kennedy Space Center Lead Engineer David Bush works on a prototype of a   Cryogenic Refuge Alternative Supply System, or CryoRASS, in the Operations and Checkout Building. CryoRASS and a small liquid-air filled backpack called CryoBA, short for Cryogenic Breathing Apparatus, are being developed by a NASA Kennedy Space Center engineering team in collaboration with The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to provide miners with twice the amount of breathable and cooler air than traditional compressed systems. The technology also could be used for commercial applications, such as fire and military rescue operations, as well as NASA's future human spaceflight missions.        Photo credit: NASA/Jim Gossmann KSC-2013-2823

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA Kennedy Space Center Lead Engineer David B...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA Kennedy Space Center Lead Engineer David Bush works on a prototype of a Cryogenic Refuge Alternative Supply System, or CryoRASS, in the Operations and Checkout Building. CryoRASS a... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the movable launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander is positioned on its new site adjacent to a hazard field created to support the project at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF.       Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for free flight. The lander is scheduled for delivery to Kennedy in October. 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 obstacles 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2013-3500

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the movable launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander is positioned on its new site adjacent to a hazard field created to support the proj... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers lower the movable launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander onto its new site adjacent to a hazard field created to support the project at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF.      Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for free flight. The lander is scheduled for delivery to Kennedy in October. 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 obstacles 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2013-3497

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, work...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, workers lower the movable launch platform for the Project Morpheus lander onto its new site adjacent to a hazard field created to support the pr... More

TEST FLIGHT OF THE LANDER PROTOTYPE “MIGHTY EAGLE” OVER A SIMULATED LUNAR LANDSCAPE. SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 1301022

TEST FLIGHT OF THE LANDER PROTOTYPE “MIGHTY EAGLE” OVER A SIMULATED LU...

TEST FLIGHT OF THE LANDER PROTOTYPE “MIGHTY EAGLE” OVER A SIMULATED LUNAR LANDSCAPE. SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a flatbed truck carrying the Project Morpheus lander arrives at a support building at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF. Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for free flight testing at Kennedy.    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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2013-4112

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a f...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, a flatbed truck carrying the Project Morpheus lander arrives at a support building at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF. Testing of the prot... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Project Morpheus prototype lander has been attached to a tether and is being raised from a transportable launch platform positioned at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. The tethered test includes lifting the lander 20 feet by crane, ascending another 10 feet, maneuvering backwards 10 feet, and then flying forward and descending to its original position, landing at the end of the tether. Testing of the prototype lander was performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for tethered and free flight testing at Kennedy.    The landing facility 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 being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Daniel Casper KSC-2013-4282

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Project Morpheus prototype lander has been attached to a tether and is being raised from a transportable launch platform positioned at the n... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, smoke fills the air as the Project Morpheus prototype lander’s engine fires during a tether test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility. During the test, the lander was lifted 20 feet by crane, and then ascended another 10 feet, maneuvered backwards 10 feet, and then flew forward. It will descend to its original position, landing at the end of the tether onto a transportable launch platform. Testing of the prototype lander was performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for tethered and free flight testing at Kennedy.    The landing facility 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 being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Daniel Casper KSC-2013-4291

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, smok...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, smoke fills the air as the Project Morpheus prototype lander’s engine fires during a tether test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facilit... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Preparations are underway to prepare the Project Morpheus prototype lander for its first free flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Testing of the prototype lander was performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for tethered and free flight testing at Kennedy. Project Morpheus integrates NASA’s automated landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, with an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, or green propellants, into a fully-operational lander that could deliver cargo to asteroids and other planetary surfaces.      The landing facility will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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 KSC-2013-4315

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Preparations are underway to prepare the Projec...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Preparations are underway to prepare the Project Morpheus prototype lander for its first free flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center i... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians and engineers prepare the Project Morpheus prototype lander for its first free flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Testing of the prototype lander was performed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for tethered and free flight testing at Kennedy. Project Morpheus integrates NASA’s automated landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, with an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, or green propellants, into a fully-operational lander that could deliver cargo to asteroids and other planetary surfaces.    The landing facility will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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 KSC-2013-4317

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians and engineers prepare the Project M...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians and engineers prepare the Project Morpheus prototype lander for its first free flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in F... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander for a free flight test at a new launch site at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 96-second test began at 4:21 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over the flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle with its recently installed autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering 1,300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT, and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, or green propellants, into a fully-operational lander that could deliver cargo to other planetary surfaces.    The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Frankie Martin KSC-2014-1925

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Projec...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander for a free flight test at a new launch site at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy S... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander soars high after lifting off on a free-flight test from a new launch pad at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 98-second test began at 1:57 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle, with its recently installed autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering approximately 1300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT hazard field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces.     The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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 KSC-2014-2339

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander soars ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander soars high after lifting off on a free-flight test from a new launch pad at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A technician vents off the gas from the propellant lines of NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander after it landed from a free-flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 98-second test began at 1:57 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle, with its recently installed autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering approximately 1300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT hazard field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces.    The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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 KSC-2014-2342

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A technician vents off the gas from the propell...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A technician vents off the gas from the propellant lines of NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander after it landed from a free-flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facili... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander touches down on the autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, field after lifting off on a free-flight test from a new launch pad at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 98-second test began at 1:57 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle, with its recently installed ALHAT sensors, surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering approximately 1300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT hazard field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces.    The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Frankie Martin KSC-2014-2336

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander touche...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander touches down on the autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, field after lifting off on a free-flight test from a new launch ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians vent off the gas from the propellant lines of NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander after it completed a free-flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 98-second test began at 1:57 p.m. EDT with the Morpheus lander launching from the ground over a flame trench and ascending more than 800 feet at a peak speed of 36 mph. The vehicle, with its recently installed autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors surveyed the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Morpheus then flew forward and downward covering approximately 1300 feet while performing a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver. The lander descended and landed on a dedicated pad inside the ALHAT hazard field. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces.    The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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 KSC-2014-2344

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians vent off the gas from the propellan...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Technicians vent off the gas from the propellant lines of NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander after it completed a free-flight test at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility a... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jon Olansen, Morpheus project manager, speaks to members of the media inside a facility near the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Behind Olansen is the Project Morpheus prototype lander. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT, sensors and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces.    The landing facility provides the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing, complete with rocks, craters and hazards to avoid. Morpheus’ ALHAT payload allows it to navigate to clear landing sites amidst rocks, craters and other hazards during its descent. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. The efforts in AES 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/Frankie Martin KSC-2014-2642

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jon Olansen, Morpheus project manager, speaks t...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jon Olansen, Morpheus project manager, speaks to members of the media inside a facility near the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Behind Olansen is the ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Prototype Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Evan Williams, left, an Education intern from the University of Central Florida, and Anthony Bharrat, NASA avionics lead, prepare the experiment container for NASA's Exposing Microorganisms in the Stratosphere, or E-MIST, experiment. In the background is David J. Smith, Ph.D., NASA E-MIST principal investigator. The container was designed and built at Kennedy. The 80-pound structure features four doors that rotate to expose up to 10 microbial samples each for a predetermined period of time in the Earth's stratosphere.    The E-MIST experiment will launch on the exterior of a giant scientific balloon gondola at about 8 a.m. MST on Aug. 24 from Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. It will soar 125,000 feet above the Earth during a 5-hour journey over the desert to understand how spore-forming bacteria, commonly found in spacecraft assembly facilities can survive. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2014-4326

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Prototype Laboratory at NASA's Kenne...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Inside the Prototype Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Evan Williams, left, an Education intern from the University of Central Florida, and Anthony Bharrat, NASA avion... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare the launch pad for NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is being prepared for free flight test number 15 at the SLF. The lander will take off from the ground over a flame trench and use its autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology, or ALHAT sensors, to survey the hazard field to determine safe landing sites. Project Morpheus tests NASA’s ALHAT and an engine that runs on liquid oxygen and methane, which are green propellants. These new capabilities could be used in future efforts to deliver cargo to planetary surfaces. Project Morpheus is being managed under the Advanced Exploration Systems, or AES, Division in NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. For more information on Project Morpheus, visit http://morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov/.  Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann KSC-2014-4806

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare the launch pa...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Engineers and technicians prepare the launch pad for NASA's Project Morpheus prototype lander at the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. M... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Project Morpheus prototype lander soars 800 feet above the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on free flight test No. 15 at. During the 97-second test, onboard autonomous landing and hazard avoidance technology sensors, or ALHAT, surveyed the hazard field for safe landing sites, then guided the lander forward and downward to a successful landing. For more information on Morpheus, visit: http://www.morpheuslander.jsc.nasa.gov. Photo credit: NASA KSC-2014-4825

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Project Morpheus prototype lander soars ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Project Morpheus prototype lander soars 800 feet above the north end of the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on free flight test No. 15 at. During the 97... More

A close up of the headlights of a car. Car front wheel.

A close up of the headlights of a car. Car front wheel.

Stock photo: The headlight of the car is a bit more modern than the headlight / A close up of the headlights of a car.

A close up of a headlight on a car. Car front showroom.

A close up of a headlight on a car. Car front showroom.

Stock photo: The rear lights of a car are on display / A close up of a headlight on a car.

Bell XFM-1 snow, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Bell XFM-1 snow, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

PictionID:55690167 - Catalog:21_000038.tif - Title:Bell YFM-1 - Filename:21_000038.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can be permanently stored with t... More

Bell XFM-1, Jay Miller Collection

Bell XFM-1, Jay Miller Collection

PictionID:55689804 - Catalog:21_000015.tif - Title:Bell XFM-1 36-351 - Filename:21_000015.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can be permanently stored... More

Bell YFM-1 front view, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Bell YFM-1 front view, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

PictionID:55690575 - Catalog:21_000063.tif - Title:Bell YFM-1A - Filename:21_000063.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can be permanently stored with ... More

Bell YFM-1, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Bell YFM-1, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

PictionID:55690255 - Catalog:21_000045.tif - Title:Bell YFM-1 - Filename:21_000045.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can be permanently stored with t... More

Building Bell XFM-1 - mockup, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Building Bell XFM-1 - mockup, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

PictionID:55689985 - Catalog:21_000029.tif - Title:Bell XFM-1 mock up - Filename:21_000029.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can be permanently store... More

Icon Bell YFM-1 New York World Fair, public domain photograph

Icon Bell YFM-1 New York World Fair, public domain photograph

PictionID:55690365 - Catalog:21_000052.tif - Title:Bell YFM-1 New York World's Fair 1939 - Filename:21_000052.tif - ---Image from the Jay Miller Collection. Please Tag these images so that the information can b... More

Boeing 367-80, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Boeing 367-80, Space and Aviation museum SDASM

Catalog #: 00062380.Manufacturer: Boeing.Designation: 367-80.Official Nickname: Dash 80.Notes: .Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive ( http://www.sandiegoairandspace.org/library/stillimages.html )

Lockheed YF-104A 55-2963 [mfr AM 4627 via RJF]

Lockheed YF-104A 55-2963 [mfr AM 4627 via RJF]

PictionID:43264568 - Title:Lockheed YF-104A 55-2963 [mfr AM 4627 via RJF] - Catalog:17_000267 - Filename:17_000267.tif - ---------Image from the René Francillon Photo Archive. Having had his interest in aviatio... More

XB-51 Landing 1, US Air Force Photo

XB-51 Landing 1, US Air Force Photo

NARA B26535..9 Mar 50 Public domain photograph of jet aircraft, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

A Prototype Basement Fallout Shelter in Bayonne, New Jersey

A Prototype Basement Fallout Shelter in Bayonne, New Jersey

Original caption: The nearly completed prototype basement fallout shelter in Bayonne, New Jersey, is viewed by local, State and Federal Civil Defense Officials. The shelter was officially opened for inspection ... More

55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB) [19-NN-55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB)-149705]

55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB) [19-NN-55' Prototype Aircraft...

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels Public domain image of an American navy ship during cold war, 1940s, 1950s, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB) [19-NN-55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB)-149704]

55' Prototype Aircraft Rescue Boat (ARB) [19-NN-55' Prototype Aircraft...

Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Naval Vessels Public domain image of an American navy ship during cold war, 1940s, 1950s, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of the hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander near the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.    Testing of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-3659

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Steady progress is made on the construction of the hazard field for the Project Morpheus lander near the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Te... More

B-70 Roll Out 1, US Air Force Photo

B-70 Roll Out 1, US Air Force Photo

NARA RG 342-B Records of USAF..KKE 15863, Roll out, 11 May 64, Palmdale

LOW TEMPERATURE HEAT PIPE FACILITIES AND THE PROTOTYPE FACILITY FOR ALLOY HEAT PIPE IN THE ENERGY CONVERSION LABORATORY ECL

LOW TEMPERATURE HEAT PIPE FACILITIES AND THE PROTOTYPE FACILITY FOR AL...

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 10/6/1975 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: 1975_03570.jpg c1975_03500s Larsen Scan Location Building No: 302 Photographs Relating to Agency Acti... More

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/24/1977 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/24/1977 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 11/9/1977 Photographer: DONALD HUEBLER Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS, NASA Technology Images

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 6/24/1977 Photographer: MARTIN BROWN Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 11/9/1977 Photographer: DONALD HUEBLER Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

NASA LEWIS RESEARCH CENTER PROTOTYPE SOLAR PANELS

The original finding aid described this as: Capture Date: 11/9/1977 Photographer: DONALD HUEBLER Keywords: Larsen Scan Photographs Relating to Agency Activities, Facilities and Personnel

This is an artist's concept of an X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator, a subscale protoptye launch vehicle being developed by NASA Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. (Vehicle configuration current as of 10/97) The X-33 is a subscale prototype of a Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) Lockheed Martin has labeled "Venture Star TM." The X-33 program was cancelled in 2001. X-33

This is an artist's concept of an X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrato...

This is an artist's concept of an X-33 Advanced Technology Demonstrator, a subscale protoptye launch vehicle being developed by NASA Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. (Vehicle configuration current as of 10/97) The ... More

Interior of a prototype Acela Express Amtrak car during testing in Pueblo, Colorado

Interior of a prototype Acela Express Amtrak car during testing in Pue...

Public domain photograph of bus, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

An air-to-air left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, originally the No. 2 B-1 prototype, during a test flight

An air-to-air left rear view of the B-1B test program aircraft, origin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Edwards Air Force Base State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Rockwell International Release Stat... More

A restored Boeing 367-80 aircraft departs from base en route to Boeing Aerospace Corporation's Seattle-based headquarters, where it will be featured during their 75th anniversary in July 1991. The Dash-80, as it is nicknamed, is the prototype for both the Boeing 707 aircraft and, prior to restoration, was in storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center for 17 years

A restored Boeing 367-80 aircraft departs from base en route to Boeing...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base State: Arizona (AZ) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jeff Pines Release Status: R... More

A Boeing 367-80 aircraft sits on the flight line after undergoing restoration at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration center (AMARC). The Dash-80, as it is nicknamed, will be featured at Boeing Aerospace Corporation's Seattle-based headquarters during their 75th anniversary in July 1991. The plane is the prototype for both the Boeing 707 aircraft and the Air Force's KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft and, prior to restoration, was in storage at AMARC for 17 years

A Boeing 367-80 aircraft sits on the flight line after undergoing rest...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base State: Arizona (AZ) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Jeff Pines Release Status: R... More

A right front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) aircraft

A right front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF...

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A close-up left front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) aircraft

A close-up left front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Figh...

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A front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) aircraft

A front view of a prototype YF-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) airc...

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A port bow view of the Israeli navy's guided missile patrol boat INS Hetz underway. The vessel functions as a prototype launching platform for the Barak surface-to-air missile

A port bow view of the Israeli navy's guided missile patrol boat INS H...

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STS-85 Payload Commander N. Jan Davis gives a thumbs up as she is assisted with her ascent/reentry flight suit in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building. She has logged nearly 400 hours in space on the STS-47 and STS-60 missions and holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering. Davis will have overall responsibility for the experiments conducted on STS-85. She will also deploy and retrieve the Cryogenic Infrared Spectrometers and Telescopes for the AtmosphereShuttle Pallet Satellite-2 (CRISTA-SPAS-2) free-flyer and operate the prototype Japanese robotic arm. The primary payload aboard the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery is the CRISTA-SPAS-2. Other payloads on the 11-day mission include the Manipulator Flight Demonstration (MFD), and Technology Applications and Science-1 (TAS-1) and International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker-2 (IEH-2) experiments KSC-97PC1199

STS-85 Payload Commander N. Jan Davis gives a thumbs up as she is assi...

STS-85 Payload Commander N. Jan Davis gives a thumbs up as she is assisted with her ascent/reentry flight suit in the Operations and Checkout (O&C) Building. She has logged nearly 400 hours in space on the STS-... More

At Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., KSC technician James Niehoff Jr. (left) helps attach the wing of the modified X-34, known as A-1A. Niehoff is one of eight NASA engineering technicians from KSC's Engineering Prototype Lab who have assisted Orbital Sciences Corporation and Dryden in the complex process of converting the X-34 A-1 vehicle from captive carry status to unpowered flight status, the A-1A. The other KSC technicians are Kevin Boughner, Roger Cartier, Mike Dininny, Mike Lane, Jerry Moscoso, David Rowell and Bryan Taylor. The X-34 is 58.3 feet long, 27.7 feet wide from wing tip to wing tip, and 11.5 feet tall from the bottom of the fuselage to the top of the tail. The autonomously operated technology demonstrator will be air-launched from an L-1011 airplane and should be capable of flying eight times the speed of sound, reaching an altitude of 250,000 feet. The X-34 Project is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala KSC-99pp1274

At Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., KSC technician James Niehoff...

At Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., KSC technician James Niehoff Jr. (left) helps attach the wing of the modified X-34, known as A-1A. Niehoff is one of eight NASA engineering technicians from KSC's Engin... More

Woonsocket, RI, 08/09/2007 -- On the second day of a two-day prototype "Point of Delivery" (POD) event hosted by the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with FEMA, participants from 27 Rhode Island communities along with representatives from the states of  Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire set up and operated an actual POD site with the help of approximately 150 local volunteer "recipients".  The event underscored the importance of a communities' need to know the mechanics and methods required to establish a POD site in their cities and towns immediately following a catastrophic event.  FEMA photo by Win Henderson

Woonsocket, RI, 08/09/2007 -- On the second day of a two-day prototype...

Photographs Relating to Disasters and Emergency Management Programs, Activities, and Officials

K-10 (red) plaentary rover at Marscape (Ames Mars Yard): with prototype flight control team remotely operating K-10 'Red' from  Ames Future Flight Centeral (FFC) Simulator. With Rob Landis ARC-2008-ACD08-0260-017

K-10 (red) plaentary rover at Marscape (Ames Mars Yard): with prototyp...

K-10 (red) plaentary rover at Marscape (Ames Mars Yard): with prototype flight control team remotely operating K-10 'Red' from Ames Future Flight Centeral (FFC) Simulator. With Rob Landis

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, testing of the Tilt-Up Umbilical Arm (TUUA) prototype's Environmental Control System Quick Disconnect takes place in the Launch Equipment Test Facility's 6,000-square-foot high bay. The prototype is used to demonstrate the safe disconnect and retraction of ground umbilical plates and associated hardware of a launch vehicle's upper stage and service module. The Environmental Control System consists of regulated air, which would be used to purge an inner tank and crew module.     Since 1977, the facility has supported NASA’s Launch Services, shuttle, International Space Station, and Constellation programs, as well as commercial providers. The facility recently underwent a major upgrade to support even more programs, projects and customers. It houses a cable fabrication and molding shop, pneumatics shop, machine and weld shop and full-scale control room. Outside, the facility features a water flow test loop, vehicle motion simulator, 600-ton test fixture, launch simulation towers and a cryogenic system. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller KSC-2010-5290

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, tes...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, testing of the Tilt-Up Umbilical Arm (TUUA) prototype's Environmental Control System Quick Disconnect takes place in the Launch Equipment Test ... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This prototype VEGGIE hardware was designed and built by Orbital Technologies Corp. of Madison, Wisc.        U.S. astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station are going to receive a newly developed Vegetable Production System VEGGIE. VEGGIE is set to launch aboard SpaceX's Dragon capsule on NASA's third Commercial Resupply Services mission targeted to launch Dec. 9 from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Photo credit: NASA/Gioia Massa KSC-2013-3562

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This prototype VEGGIE hardware was designed and...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – This prototype VEGGIE hardware was designed and built by Orbital Technologies Corp. of Madison, Wisc. U.S. astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station are ... More

NEW YORK – Technicians lift the metal sling from space shuttle Enterprise after its removal from the top of NASA's shuttle carrier aircraft. The work took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Enterprise, a prototype built to test aspects of the space shuttle design, will be displayed at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-2808

NEW YORK – Technicians lift the metal sling from space shuttle Enterpr...

NEW YORK – Technicians lift the metal sling from space shuttle Enterprise after its removal from the top of NASA's shuttle carrier aircraft. The work took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New Y... More

NEW YORK –The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City will be the new home of the space shuttle Enterprise. The prototype shuttle will be put on display July 19 on the flight deck of the retired aircraft carrier. Enterprise is to be placed inside a protective pavilion. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett KSC-2012-2819

NEW YORK –The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City will...

NEW YORK –The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City will be the new home of the space shuttle Enterprise. The prototype shuttle will be put on display July 19 on the flight deck of the retired air... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is unpacked in a test facility behind the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida and in place on top of the prototype lander.     RESOLVE consists of a rover and drill provided by the Canadian Space Agency to support a NASA payload that is designed to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources. RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will conduct field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies.  For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-3269

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Rego...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is unpacked in a test facility behind the Operati... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A demonstration of the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is conducted in a field beside the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.      The rover and its drill are provided by the Canadian Space Agency and work in concert with NASA science instruments to prospect for water, ice and other lunar resources.  RESOLVE also will demonstrate how future explorers can take advantage of resources at potential landing sites by manufacturing oxygen from soil. NASA will conduct field tests in July outside of Hilo, Hawaii, with equipment and concept vehicles that demonstrate how explorers might prospect for resources and make their own oxygen for survival while on other planetary bodies.  For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/analogs/index.html.  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-3322

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A demonstration of the prototype rover Artemis ...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A demonstration of the prototype rover Artemis Jr. for NASA’s Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction, or RESOLVE, project is conducted in a field beside... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported out of its checkout building for a short trip to a launch position at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-4108

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed veh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported out of its checkout building for a short trip to a launch position at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at th... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported along the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a short trip to a launch position along the runway. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-4112

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed veh...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, is being transported along the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for a short trip to a launch p... More

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, at its launch position along the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Morpheus is designed to demonstrate new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology, or ALHAT, system.      Checkout of the prototype lander has been ongoing at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in preparation for its first free flight. The SLF site will provide the lander with the kind of field necessary for realistic testing. 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://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/exploration/morpheus/index.html  Photo credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis KSC-2012-4118

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A crane is being used to set up NASA's Morpheus lander, a vertical test bed vehicle, at its launch position along the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility, or SLF, at the Kennedy Space ... More