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Mega Rover
American manned lunar rover. Study 1992. The Mega Rover was conceived to support a crew of six over thousands of kilometers of traverses. Variants had masses as great as 45 metric tons, exclusive of the descent and landing system.

Status: Study 1992. Gross mass: 45,000 kg (99,000 lb). Height: 16.00 m (52.00 ft). Diameter: 4.50 m (14.70 ft).

The large size of the rover was designed to allow a majority of the exploration to be conducted without leaving the rover, thus minimizing the dust issue.

This large mass in a single launch vehicle would require something at least twice as large as a Saturn V. The Mega Rover was 16 m long, 4.5 m wide, and 10 m high. It consisted of a large pressurized module containing about 650 m3 of internal volume. A power trailer was pulled behind the rover, providing electricity to drive four wheels of 2.5 m diameter. A diving bell style airlock provided access to the surface for a crew of six that would conduct traverses of up to several thousand kilometers.

Crew Size: 6.



Family: Lunar Rovers, Moon. Country: USA. Agency: NASA, Thangavelu. Bibliography: 1995.

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