Posts Tagged ‘Lunar Rover’

1971 – Manned/Unmanned Lunar Explorer (MULE) Concept – NASA (American)

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Manned/Unmanned Lunar Explorer (MULE)

Another Dual-Mode (Manned/Unmanned) LRV for Post-Apollo missions. This one with manipluator arms. Courtesy of one of NASAs system engineering courses.

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MULE03 x640 1971   Manned/Unmanned Lunar Explorer (MULE) Concept   NASA (American)

MULE04 x640 1971   Manned/Unmanned Lunar Explorer (MULE) Concept   NASA (American)

Source: here.


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1959 – Lunar Robot Mobot (Concept) – Hughes Aircraft (American)

 1959   Lunar Robot Mobot (Concept)   Hughes Aircraft (American)

MACHINE TO EXPLORE MOON

FIRST EXPLORER of the moon may be a machine. Roaming the crust, it would collect samples of rocks and dust with mechanical fingers, under remote control of spacemen remaining safely within a landed rocket ship. Hughes Aircraft company designers say it could be patterned closely after their Mobot, a mobile mechanical manipulator whose dexterity inspired the idea.

Source: Popular Science July, 1959.


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Another Hughes Mobot concept showing similar arm configuration.


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1901-3 – Walking Lunar Vehicle (Science Fiction) – Jerzy Zulawski (Polish)

 1901 3   Walking Lunar Vehicle (Science Fiction)   Jerzy Zulawski (Polish)

Some of these early concepts for lunar exploration had elements of practicality; others were pure whimsy. One of the first, by Polish science-fiction writer Jerzy Zulawski (1874-1915), fell into the first category. His rover design appeared as an illustration in his 1901 tale "Szrebyym Globie" ["On the Silver Globe"] and featured full pressurization, electrical power, and two forms or propulsion: large, spoked wheels that could be interchanged with leg or "claws" mounted on a triangular framework that would be used to climb up mountains or travel over rough terrain. Zulawski's invention, like Boeing's real lunar rover, had a top speed of about 10 miles per hour. He also realised, like those who would follow his footsteps, that combustion engines wouldn't work on the airless Moon, and instead, chose to power his vehicle with an electric motor, and like most later concepts of Lunar Rovers, Zulawski's was a big vehicle with an enclosed cabin. His, he said, could carry a crew of five and a year's worth of supplies.
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Zulawski's story was originally a serialisation starting in 1901, later published as a book in 1903.
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1960 – “Homobile” Lunar Rover – Hugo Gernsback (American)

 1960   Homobile Lunar Rover   Hugo Gernsback (American)

In 1960, the indefatigable Gernsback came out with another lunar rover design. He called it the “Homobile.” It had a pressurized cabin mounted on tracks and powered by electricity from fuel cells, with a leg-powered generator as an alternate source of energy. The cabin also had a pair of manipulator arms.

Source:Originally from “1961 Forecast”, 1960 pp8-11 by Hugo Gernsback.


Similar illustrations from an early book of space travel and a Sci-fi magazine.

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Illustration from Première Croisière Sur La Lune by Fletcher Pratt, 1952.

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Illustration by Frank R. Paul, Fantastic Adventure, 1940.


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2002 – ESA Lunar Rover – (Student concept) – Europe

DATE:25/04/08
SOURCE:Flightglobal.com
ESA to undertake lunar rover study
By Rob Coppinger
 
The European Space Agency is offering €500,000 ($786,500) for a pressurised lunar rover (PLR) phase 0/A study to produce a conceptual design, to evaluate its functional, technical and operational requirements and determine its likely cost and development schedule. 

ESA envisages a rover with a mass from 5,000kg (11,000lb) to 14,000kg that would only be delivered by NASA's Altair lunar lander.

Lunar rover legged 2002 concept 2002   ESA Lunar Rover   (Student concept)   Europe

Above: This walking lunar rover concept is from a 2002 ESA (European Space Agency) student workshop. The use of legs is considered a way of disturbing less Moon dust during locomotion.