NAR Pogo Vehicle
North American version of the one-man lunar pogo.
Credit: via Jean-Christophe Carbonel
American manned lunar flyer. Study 1966. The MOBEV F1B one-man pogo flying vehicle was the selected configuration for the one-man pogo application from three alternatives. Maximum operational mass with astronaut and payload, 258 kg.
It relied on manual control obtained by thruster gimballing for pitch and roll, and jetavators for yaw. Communication was limited to the PLSS VHF line of sight, voice system. Navigation and guidance was done visually with aids such as maps and a sextant to determine initial flight direction. The F1B had a fueled mass of 82 kg, a range of 20 km, and would take $11.1 million and 24 months to develop.
LFV Concepts Summary
Pogo Single-Crew Surface to Surface
F1A F1B F1C
Fueled Mass(kg) 64 82 310
Range(km) 8 20 170
Crew Size 1 1 1
Development Cost($M) 10.6 11.1 13.4
Development Time(Mos) 24 24 24
Multiman Surface to Surface
F2A F2B F2C F2D F3A F3B F3C F3D
Fueled Mass(kg) 288 392 530 788 529 1074 2066 4209
Range(km) 20 50 100 200 50 200 400 800
Crew Size 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3
Development Cost($M) 29.1 29.5 30.1 30.9 30.8 32.7 36.8 44.5
Development Time(Mos) 42 42 42 42 42 42 42 42
Surface to Lunar Orbit
Fueled Mass(kg) 1106 1476
Crew Size 2 3
Development Cost($M) 33.0 34.8
Development Time(Mos) 42 42
Crew Size: 1.
Gross mass: 82 kg (180 lb).
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Unfuelled mass: 49 kg (109 lb).
Specific impulse: 290 s.
Lunar Flyers Lunar flyers would use rocket power to get crew or cargo quickly from one point on the lunar surface to another. The larger versions could act as rescue vehicles to get crew members to lunar orbit for pick-up and return to earth. Their horrendous fuel requirements meant that they were mainly considered for one-use rescue missions - for example to return a crew from a disabled lunar rover, beyond walking distance back to their lander. Some Apollo variants proposed using leftover propellant from the Lunar Module descent stage to fuel such flyers. 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...
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