American manned lunar rover. Study 1963. The Northrop Lunar Logistic System RV-1A crewed rover of January 1963 had 4 tracks and a range of 2900 km on a 27 day traverse.
The rover was designed to perform scientific missions, and functioned as a tractor with a separate mobile shelter unit.
Four variants were studied. The RV-1A was powered by a lox/lh2 "external combustion engine", providing a range of 2900 km. The RV-1B, RB-2, and RB-3 variants used a 24 kW fuel cell, with ranges of 2000 to 2900 km depending on the design details. The RV-1B was as the RV-1A but with the fuel cell power supply. The RB-2 functioned as a tractor with a separate mobile shelter unit. It could park the mobile shelter and than rove locally or perform scientific missions. In the RB-3 concept, a powered vehicle, a shelter unit, and fuel unit were each separate. Each unit was powered separately to allow split-unit operations. All units could be remote controlled.
Crew Size: 1.
Gross mass: 10,200 kg (22,400 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...
Northrop American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Northrop, 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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