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NASA’s new lander CRASHES AND BURNS--Curiosity’s potential sucessor, Morpheus, explodes ...
The Register ^ | 10th August 2012 00:43 GMT | By Simon Sharwood, APAC Editor

Posted on 08/10/2012 9:26:18 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Curiosity’s potential sucessor, Morpheus, explodes after hardware failure

Vid NASA’s prototype landing craft of the future, Morpheus, has crashed and burned in its latest launch test.

Morpheus is designed to become a general-purpose lander capable of setting down payloads wherever NASA wants them. The Moon, Mars and even asteroids are mentioned in its design brief.

The craft has undergone several tests when suspended on a tether beneath a crane while its engines get a workout. Those tests have gone well, but a new test of the lander flying all by itself went rather badly, as can be seen in the video below at about the 6:15 mark when it veers of scarily, hits the ground and then bursts into flame.

NASA says the cause of the crash was “a hardware component failure, which prevented it from maintaining stable flight.”

The agency also says this kind of fiery dénouement is to be expected from time to time, stating that:

Failures such as these were anticipated prior to the test and are part of the development process for any complex spaceflight hardware. What we learn from these tests will help us build the best possible system in the future.

NASA's Morpheus Lander

NASA's prototype Morpheus lander, amid the kind of boulder-strewn terrain in which it is designed to land

Given that the best possible system, as of this week, is Curiosity, it’s hard to criticise that approach. If you still want to get narky with NASA, go play some Lunar Lander and see if you can do any better. ®


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: curiosity; morpheus; nasa; nasalander
Slow start on the video....finally got it going....crash is 6 minutes into the video.

Go to the website for the video.

click on the black screen and work on it....I had trouble initially getting it going.

1 posted on 08/10/2012 9:26:26 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: SunkenCiv

fyi


2 posted on 08/10/2012 9:28:36 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe they should have named it “Neo” instead.


3 posted on 08/10/2012 9:28:56 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Growing up in the 50s, I got used to our rockets nearly always blowing up, but NASA kept on trying and we landed men on the moon and brought them home safely.

Today's Americans want instant gratification at little cost and they don't have the attention span to focus beyond any failed attempts.

Thanks to the socialist (RAT) takeover of the public schools, we are turning out drones. They have managed to suppress the entrepreneurial genes that our ancestors exploited to come to and succeed in the "New World".

4 posted on 08/10/2012 9:42:29 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: Redleg Duke

After retirement ...tried teaching Math....very few were really into focusing on something that takes time.


5 posted on 08/10/2012 9:50:09 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ad astra per aspera...


6 posted on 08/10/2012 9:55:02 AM PDT by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Redleg Duke

Have you seen any of the failures from Russia or China (both are rare and hard to find) :p

At least we have the tests out in an area that wont normall put any populated areas in danger :^/


7 posted on 08/10/2012 9:58:51 AM PDT by Bikkuri (Choose, a communist, socialist, or Patriot)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That is what testing is for. Blowing stuff up so you can fix the design so that it doesn’t blow up.

Probably a good test in NASA’s eyes.


8 posted on 08/10/2012 10:26:26 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: Redleg Duke
Exactly. Watch some of the early tests filmed by Wernher von Braun in the 50s. They tried again and again and again, learning more and more each time from every failure until they got it right.

Actually, some of the failures are kinda funny to watch. :0)

9 posted on 08/10/2012 10:36:06 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nasa personnel don’t know how to count down from 10 to 0? The count went from 2 straight to 0 — no wonder the little ‘bot got confused! Fortunately, the stores of pressurized fuel looked to be SEVERAL YARDS away from the blast.


10 posted on 08/10/2012 10:42:05 AM PDT by LimitedPowers (Citizenship is not a Hate Crime!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That’s why you build prototypes.


11 posted on 08/10/2012 10:43:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Why couldn't they have kept the tether on it, and as it rose 10 feet or so, the crane could've kept it from contacting the ground? They could've just cut the engines and let it fall only the length of the tether. Damage, yes, but not catastrophe.

HF

12 posted on 08/10/2012 10:50:24 AM PDT by holden
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, that’s what the testing phase is for; weed out the problems before you get to the point where they can’t be fixed.


13 posted on 08/10/2012 11:00:39 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
... go play some Lunar Lander ...

That game program came on my HP-67, c. 1976. Still got the card somewhere.

14 posted on 08/10/2012 11:14:59 AM PDT by kitchen (Over gunned is better than the alternative.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Another article said a prime objective of this lander is to use “green” fuels. No wonder it crashed.


15 posted on 08/10/2012 11:19:45 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
They named a lander after this guy?

16 posted on 08/10/2012 12:19:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

L

17 posted on 08/10/2012 12:22:50 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Moonman62

If a “prime objective” of a lander is to use fuel — of any sort — then somebody up the chain of command has some pretty twisted mission criteria.


18 posted on 08/10/2012 12:55:09 PM PDT by LimitedPowers (Citizenship is not a Hate Crime!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; KevinDavis; brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; ...

Thanks Ernest. An ‘extra, extra’ ping to the APoD members. And the Perseid shower is coming up, people.


19 posted on 08/10/2012 3:24:29 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just reaching out to the mudslimes!

If only they could get it to decapitate.....

20 posted on 08/10/2012 3:38:18 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

That is why it is called a “TEST”.

Remember how hard it was getting that first Satellite into orbit, back in the day?

But we eventually landed on the Moon.


21 posted on 08/10/2012 3:38:23 PM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope I can see a little of it here, but we have a lot of ambient light. Still, I’m hopeful.


22 posted on 08/10/2012 3:52:19 PM PDT by brytlea (An ounce of chocolate is worth a pound of cure)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

23 posted on 08/10/2012 3:54:31 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: BenLurkin; Lurker

That was Dr Morbius.

Morpheus was in Greek mythology


24 posted on 08/10/2012 9:07:23 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Means nothing at this early stage.

You should see some of the RC quadcopter crash videos on Youtube prior to getting the stabilization issues worked out. Later on they fly like on a magic carpet.


25 posted on 08/10/2012 9:13:34 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: LimitedPowers; Redleg Duke
Nasa personnel don’t know how to count down from 10 to 0?

In the 50's a schoolyard joke went like this.

Q. How do they count backwards at Cape Canaveral?

A. 5...4...3...2...1...OH s#!t, back to the drawing boards.

26 posted on 08/11/2012 6:19:57 AM PDT by Roccus
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