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Bendix ALSS Rover


American manned lunar rover. Study 1965. The Bendix ALSS Payloads lunar rover design of June 1965 had a range of 400 km with a crew of 2 on a 14 day traverse. A variety of configurations were studied in detail.

Variants studied included:

  • 4WNF-3 with 32 cm obstacle capability. Horizontal airlock cabin 120 cm crevice capability. Systems rear-mounted. 4 wheels, non-folding, separate chassis. The cabin had a volume of 6.91 cubic meters.
  • 4WNF-4 with 32 cm obstacle capability. Horizontal airlock cabin. 126 cm crevice capability. Systems side-mounted. 340 kg. 4 wheels, non-folding, integrated chassis. The cabin had a volume of 6.91 cubic meters.
  • 4WNF-6 with 32 cm obstacle capability. Vertical airlock cabin. 126 cm crevice capability. Systems rear-mounted. 340 kg. 4 wheels, non-folding, separate chassis. The cabin had a volume of 8.33 cubic meters.
  • 4WF-2 with 66 cm obstacle capability. Horizontal airlock cabin, 195 cm crevice capability. Systems rear mounted. 340 kg. 4 wheels, folding. The cabin had a volume of 7.05 cubic meters.
  • 4WF-3, 62 cm obstacle capability, vertical airlock cabin, 185 cm crevice capability, systems rear-mounted, 340 kg. 4 wheels, folding. The cabin had a volume of 8.38 cubic meters.
  • 4TNF- l with 76 cm obstacle capability, horizontal airlock cabin, 42 cm crevice capability, systems side mounted, 340 kg. 4 wheels, non-folding, separate chassis. The cabin had a volume of 8.92 cubic meters.
  • 6WF-Z with 92 cm obstacle capability, horizontal airlock cabin, 105 cm crevice capability, systems side mounted. Considered difficult to unload from LEM Truck. 6 wheels, folding. The cabin had a volume of 5.66 cubic meters.
  • 4WNF-1 with 31 cm obstacle capability. horizontal airlock cabin, 24 cm crevice capability, systems side mounted. Ingress/egress considered difficult. 4 wheels, non-folding, separate chassis. The cabin had a volume of 5.95 cubic meters.

Crew Size: 2.

Gross mass: 3,080 kg (6,790 lb).

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Associated Countries
See also
  • Lunar Rovers Lunar rovers were studied in a dizzying variety of sizes and shapes by NASA in the 1960's - including crawlers, trains, hoppers, and even worms. Two rovers designed for manned use actually traveled the lunar surface in the 1970's - the American two-man Lunar Rover, and the Soviet Lunokhod, which traveled the moon in robotic mode but was originally designed as emergency cosmonaut transportation. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...
  • Bendix American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Bendix, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • Bendix Corporation, Lunar Surface Mobility Systems Comparison and Evolution Study (MOBEV), Five volumes, submitted under contract NAS8-20334, November 1966..

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