HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Engineers with NASA and private space flight company Moon
Express declared the latest flight of NASA's Mighty Eagle lander a success as
it tested flight control software for MoonEx.
"During flight, it was very stable. It was, all in all, a
great success," said Mighty Eagle Flight Manager Jason Adam.
The Eagle is meant to be a test platform for flight control and
navigation systems for robotic spacecraft to land on the moon or other bodies
such as asteroid. In a 20 second flight on Monday, the craft lifted off,
hovered, and then landed safely, guided by software which Moon Ex plans
eventually to use in unmanned lunar landing craft of its own.