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Concept for a radioisotope powered dual mode lunar rover

Show simple item record Elliott, John O. Schriener, Timothy M. Coste, Keith 2006-04-12T17:54:25Z 2006-04-12T17:54:25Z 2006-02-12
dc.identifier.citation Space Technology Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 12-16, 2006. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 05-2203
dc.description.abstract Over three decades ago, the Apollo missions manifestly demonstrated the value of a lunar rover to expand the exploration activities of lunar astronauts. The stated plan of the new Vision for Space Exploration to establish a permanent presence on the moon in the next decades gives new impetus to providing long range roving and exploration capability in support of the siting, construction, and maintenance of future human bases. The incorporation of radioisotope power systems and telerobotic capability in the design has the potential to significantly expand the capability of such a rover, allowing continuous operation during the full lunar day/night cycle, as well as enabling exploration in permanently shadowed regions that may be of interest to humans for the resources they may hold. This paper describes a concept that builds on earlier studies originated in the Apollo program for a Dual Mode (crewed and telerobotic) Lunar Roving Vehicle (DMLRV). The goal of this vehicle would be to provide a multipurpose infrastructure element and remote science platform for the exploration of the moon. The DMLRV would be essential for extending the productivity of human exploration crews, and would provide a unique capability for diverse long-range, long-duration science exploration between human visits. With minimal reconfiguration this vehicle could also provide the basic platform to support a range of site survey and preparation activities in anticipation of the establishment of a permanent human presence on the moon. A conceptual design is presented for the DMLRV, including discussion of mission architecture, vehicle performance, representative science payload accommodation, and equipment and crew radiation considerations. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 431421 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2006. en
dc.subject lunar rover en
dc.subject human exploration en
dc.subject radioisotope power system en
dc.title Concept for a radioisotope powered dual mode lunar rover en
dc.type Preprint en

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