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Light Utility Rover

Light Utility Rover
American manned lunar rover. Study 1990. In 1990, Boeing Advanced Civil Space Systems performed an Advanced Civil Space Systems Piloted Rover Technology Assessment Study, which considered both a large pressurized and a small unpressurized rover.

The smaller, Light Utility Rover, would provide 8 hours life support for 2 crew members.

It was designed to transport the crew plus 200 kg of equipment or 300 kg of bulk materials, and perform other light construction and hauling tasks. It had a mass of 984 kg, a length of 4.06 m, and a width of 2.34 m. It was designed for a ground clearance of 0.47 m. Total power was 1 kW, with motors in each drive wheel. Power was supplied by either rechargeable batteries or fuel cells.


Crew Size: 2. Electric System: 1.00 average kW.

Gross mass: 990 kg (2,180 lb).
Height: 4.06 m (13.32 ft).
Diameter: 2.34 m (7.67 ft).

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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...

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...

  • 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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