Lunar Sortie Vehicle
American manned lunar rover. Study 1971. The Lunar Sortie Vehicle (LSV), was a North American Rockwell design of 1971, conceived as a railroad train without the rails.
The LSV consisted of three pressurized units and several unpressurized power, utility/equipment trailers
One pressurized unit served as the locomotive at the front of the caravan. The pressurized units were typical cylindrical pressure vessels with spherical end caps. A Mobile Power Unit, one of the unpressurized units in the middle of the train, used a large radiothermal generator using plutonium or other isotopes to generate 3.5 kW of power. The front pressurized unit contained six wheels and served to propel the train. A crew of 6 could be accommodated for a total mission length of 90 days.
Crew Size: 6. Electric System: 3.50 average kW.
AKA: Lunar Sortie Vehicle.
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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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Development Challenges, NASA/TM-2005-213555 / AIAA-2005-2525, March 2005.
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