The goal of Project Morpheus is to help develop a space vehicle that can land autonomously, and exploding prototypes are part of the process, says Jon Olansen, the project manager. "You just build another one and continue on," he says. "What we've learned hasn't been lost." An investigation finished in October concluded that vibration probably caused the crash by breaking a connection between the craft's navigation instruments and the CPU or other hardware. For the next prototype, engineers will tweak both the launchpad and the vehicle's internal design to protect against shaking. Reusing the old engine, the team is now building a new Morpheus, which it plans to test this spring.