Photos: NASA's Mighty Eagle Lander Prototype Flies

Divert Attitude Control System Thruster

NASA/MSFC

During tests of the five-pound thruster, the Divert Attitude Control System thruster fired under vacuum conditions to simulate operation in a space environment. The tests mimicked the lander mission profile and operation scenarios. This image was taken Oct. 7, 2011.

Eagle Lander Strapdown Test

NASA/David Higginbotham

The robotic lander during strapdown testing. This phase of tests allows the engineering team to fully check out the integrated lander prototype before moving to more complex free flight tests. Thsi image was taken March 3, 2011.

Engineers Prepare for Testing

NASA/David Higginbotham

NASA Marshall engineer Josh Moore and Teledyne Brown Engineering avionics engineer Scott Gilley prepare the robotic lander prototype for tests at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal Test Center in Huntsville. This image was taken March 3, 2011.

Have a news tip, correction or comment? Let us know at community@space.com.