“Morpheus is a vertical test bed demonstrating new green propellant propulsion systems and autonomous landing and hazard detection technology. Designed, developed, manufactured and operated in-house by engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Morpheus Project represents not only a vehicle to advance technologies, but also an opportunity to try out “lean development” engineering practices.
Morpheus is a NASA-designed vehicle.
It was manufactured and assembled at JSC and Armadillo Aerospace. Morpheus is large enough to carry 1,100 pounds of cargo to the moon – for example, a humanoid robot, a small rover, or a small laboratory to convert moon dust into oxygen – performing all propellant burns after the trans lunar injection.” -NASA Project Morpheus
When things go wrong – This is why vehicles are tether tested.
Try Again – May 3rd Test – better but not quite there
It looks like the Morpheus team has a bit of work flushing out the engine gimbling issue.