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Northrop LSS Lunar Rover RV8

American manned lunar rover. Study 1963. The Northrop Lunar Logistic System RV8 was a lunar rover design of January 1963. Dual single-crew vehicles were designed to be operated separately or together as a system.

The RV8 had redundancy in its mobility systems to meet the mission objectives of exploration of highlands or soft surfaces. Each RV8 would tow up to four RV9 trailers. Each RV9 had a mass of 1360 kg and was designed for a specific task.

Crew Size: 1.

Gross mass: 5,670 kg (12,500 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...

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...

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

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