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Northrop LSS Lunar Rover RV5


American manned lunar rover. Study 1963. This Northrop Lunar Logistic System design of January 1963 was a 3 wheel open cart and had a range of 30 km with a crew of 2. It could also tow the RV6 50 kg, 2 to 4 wheeled dolly or trailer.

The design had limited towing and carrying capability and was designed for exploration and light transportation near base (25 to 80 km). The RV6 carrier was designed for limited use, requiring outside mobile traction. It provided for light cargo transportation only over easy lorain.

Crew Size: 2.

Gross mass: 180 kg (390 lb).

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See also
  • 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...
  • Northrop American manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. Northrop, USA. More...

Bibliography
  • Bendix Corporation, Lunar Surface Mobility Systems Comparison and Evolution Study (MOBEV), Five volumes, submitted under contract NAS8-20334, November 1966..

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