American manned lunar rover. Study 1964. Northrop completed Molab Studies under a Apollo Logistic Support Systems contract in March 1964.
Alternate cabin designs were considered, but all had an internal chassis and a range of 400 km with a crew of 2 on a 14 day traverse.
Variants of the standard design were:
- M-1. Front-end airlock. Horizontal cylindrical cabin. 3010 kg, cabin volume 11.33 cubic meters.
- M-2. Right circular cylinder, vertical cylindrical cabin. Rear end air lock. 2900 kg, cabin volume 11.33 cubic meters.
- M-3. Horizontal cylindrical cabin. Rear end airlock. 2860 kg, cabin volume 8.5 cubic meters.
- M-4. Horizontal truncated cylinder. Rear end airlock. 2570 kg, cabin volume 6.51 cubic meters.
- M-5. Horizontal cylindrical cabin. Rear end airlock. 3170 kg, cabin volume 8.50 cubic meters. Considered best concept of the five.
Crew Size: 2.
Gross mass: 3,170 kg (6,980 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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