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By Anthony Young
This ebook fills a necessity for a whole background of the Lunar Roving motor vehicle used on Apollo 15, sixteen and 17, drawing on many images by no means prior to released. It additionally tells the tale of the robot rovers used on Mars, and concludes with an outline of the recent designs of rovers deliberate for the recent imaginative and prescient for Exploration now underway at NASA.
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THE LUNAR ROVING VEHICLE WINS THE MOBILITY DEBATE As late as mid-1968, numerous contractors still held the view of using dual Saturn V launches to support extensive Apollo missions and their considerable hardware requirements. For example, in May 1968 GMDRL became AC-Electronics Defense Research Laboratories and published a presentation titled Roving Vehicles for Apollo Lunar Exploration Program. The presentation discussed the work the General Motors division had conducted and its relevant experience in the development of lunar surface vehicles, followed by a technical discussion of dual-mode vehicles, operating either manned or unmanned on the lunar surface, that were compatible with single- or dual-launch missions.
SP-88 was perhaps the first formal NASA document calling for a Lunar Roving Vehicle. In addition, it called for a positioning system relative to the rover, and the need for lunar drills. Three of the four recommendations would eventually be implemented. The Lunar Flying Vehicle continued to be the topic of serious discussion for several years. A second conference was held at the University of California in Santa Cruz in 1967. This conference also proved pivotal to the direction of future Apollo missions.
NASA/MSFC) The Mobility Subsystem 37 to establish the proper function of the test fixture and to learn from preliminary test results. This phase was instrumental to the effective design of the fender; to contain and control the path of lunar soil simulant to prevent it from being disbursed over the rover or the astronauts.