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Apollo Experiments Pallet
Part of Apollo CSM Family

Apollo Pallet

Apollo Pallet
Credit: NASA

American manned lunar orbiter. Study 1965. The Apollo Experiments Pallet was a sophisticated instrument payload that would have been installed in the Apollo CSM for dedicated lunar or earth orbital resource assessment missions.

Status: Study 1965.

Study contracts were let to Lockheed, Martin, McDonnell, and Northrop, but with cutbacks to Apollo the concept never proceeded to the hardware stage.



Family: Lunar Orbiters, Moon. People: McDonnell. Country: USA. Launch Vehicles: Saturn I, Saturn IB. Agency: Martin, Lockheed, Northrop. Bibliography: 16.

1965 December 6 - .
  • Apollo Experiments Pallet Phase I - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft Bus: Apollo CSM. Spacecraft: Apollo Experiments Pallet.

    George E. Mueller, NASA Associate Administrator for Manned Space Flight, notified MSC Director Robert R. Gilruth that NASA Administrator James E. Webb and Associate Administrator Robert C. Seamans, Jr., had selected Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, The Martin Company, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, and Northrop Corporation for Phase I of the Apollo Experiments Pallet Procurement. The contracts would be for four months and each would be valued at about $375,000.


1966 August 22 - .
  • Apollo experiment pallet cancelled - . Nation: USA. Program: Apollo. Spacecraft Bus: Apollo CSM. Spacecraft: Apollo Experiments Pallet.

    NASA informed four firms that had completed design studies on the Apollo experiment pallet that there would be no hardware development and fabrication of the pallet. The four firms had been selected in November 1965 to make four-month studies of a pallet to carry experiments in the spacecraft SM during the Apollo manned lunar landings. The firms were Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, Calif.; The Martin Co., Denver, Colo.; McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis, Mo.; and Northrop Space Laboratories, Hawthorne, Calif.



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