American manned lunar rover. Study 1963. The Boeing Lunar Exploration Systems lunar rover design of November 1963 was for a multipurpose rover with a range of 480 km with a crew of 2 on a 8 day traverse. The cabin had a volume of 4.95 cubic meters.
Variants studied included numerous subsystem module configurations. All had a 37 day total stay capability and were designed for both exploration and construction tasks. Variants included:
- V-1 (AMF).
- V-1 (GMA).
- V-1 (GMB).
- V-1 Plus V-2 trailer. 3820 kg total mass. Not much data given on the V-2 system. Some thoughts on 11 metric ton payloads. Extended exploration and surface capability.
Crew Size: 2.
Gross mass: 2,920 kg (6,430 lb).
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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...
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NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...
Boeing American manufacturer of rockets, spacecraft, and rocket engines. Boeing Aerospace, Seattle, USA. More...
Bendix Corporation, Lunar Surface Mobility Systems Comparison and Evolution Study (MOBEV), Five volumes, submitted under contract NAS8-20334, November 1966..
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