According to a November 4, 2013 story in NASASpaceFlight.com, Morpheus, a vertical takeoff and landing vehicle that has undergone a series of tether tests at the Johnson Spaceflight Center, is on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center for a series of free flight tests.
Morpheus has been used to test a methane fueled propulsion system and an autonomous landing and hazardous avoidance system. An earlier model had crashed and was destroyed on impact at a test at KSC in August, 2012.
The test schedule includes a dry run on December 3, a wet run on December 4, and then a tether test on December 6. Then there will be a series of free flight tests in the middle of December.
If the tests proceed successfully, landers with Morpheus technology could be used to deliver payloads on the surface of the moon or Mars. The Morpheus team has suggested that the lander could be scaled up enough to deliver an entire habitat and crew on the lunar surface. Currently NASA has not included the moon in its exploration plans, but the technology could be used to support a commercial effort.