An update on the cause of the Morpheus Lander crash.
The root cause is still under investigation, but what we do know is that at the start of ascent we lost data from the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that supplies navigation updates to the flight computer. Without this measurement the vehicle is blind and does not know which way it is pointing or accelerating. Since this data is needed to maintain stable flight, the vehicle could not determine which way was up and began to tumble and impacted the ground about 50 feet from the launch site. No one was injured, no property was damaged besides the vehicle and we have been able to recover significant data, which will give us greater insight into the source of the problem.
Reasonable enough cause. I’m very glad no one was hurt.
The Houston Chronicle brings some welcome news on budgets.
…the legislation would restructure NASA’s management and funding to make it more professional than political, advocates say. They envision creating a management style more like the FBI, in which the president appoints the director to a 10-year term.
Under the proposal, NASA’s budget would be developed with less input from the president’s Office of Management and Budget. This independence would allow NASA to plan contracts across multiple years and use a process known as multi-year procurement, which saves money, allowing it to do more with less.
If we can keep the Congressional line items out of that budget, that would be wonderful.
Have a great day.