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Boeing LES Rover

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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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...
  • 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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