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American manned lunar rover. Study 1999.

University of Texas at Austin concept for an inflatable pressurized lunar rover using parabolic space trusses to suspend the passenger cabin and join it to independently powered and remotely controllable wheel trucks. This allowed multiple configurations and ease of system assembly.

The pressure vessel was an inflatable structure based on the Transhab concept developed for NASA. Four independent and remotely controllable wheel trucks provided locomotion, with four wheels per truck. The conceptual design was not carried through to an estimate of system masses.

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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...
  • Austin American manufacturer of spacecraft. University of Texas at Austin, USA. More...

  • Zakrajsek, James J; McKissock, David B; Woytach, Jeffrey M; Zakrajsek, June F; Oswald, Fred B; McEntire, Kelly J; Hill, Gerald M; Abel, P; Exploration Rover Concepts and Development Challenges, NASA/TM-2005-213555 / AIAA-2005-2525, March 2005.

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