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1961 – Sperry Rand Hybrid Moon Walker – (American)

Moon Robots PSMar62 Sperry Rand Moon crawler x640 1961   Sperry Rand Hybrid Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.
 

One-ton globular chariot, designed by Sperry Rand, hauls itself along  by claws on two joited arms. Light hollow rollers of spun wire support is weight, and a smaller roller behind them balances it. Besides propelling the vehicle, the claws can pick up samples of the moon's crust. These may be analysed automatically by a little lab inside the globe-or stuffed into a small rocket and shot back to earth, whence the launching command would come.


1961 – Sperry Rand Plodding Moon Walker – (American)

Moon Robots PSMar62 Sperry Rand Moon plodder x640 1961   Sperry Rand Plodding Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.
 

Sperry Rand's Flat-footed Plodder alternately advances a wide centre foot, then the two narrower ones at each side of it. design is demonstrated by a small electric-powered model shown above.