By Anthony Young
This e-book fills a necessity for a whole historical past of the Lunar Roving car used on Apollo 15, sixteen and 17, drawing on many photos by no means earlier than 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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Congress had picked up on the potentially large percentage overrun of a NASA project, and initiated action for the GAO to run a full audit of the program. I was asked to put together a briefing to NASA headquarters personnel. ' The former puts the blame on the government for directed changes and allows the contractor to earn more profit, while the latter 26 From concept to reality approach punishes the contractor for perhaps coming in with an undoable low bid just to win the contract, or for mismanaging the project, or both.
Boeing completed assembly of the first flight unit, LRV No. 1, and began the series of acceptance tests on the heels of the Qualification Test Unit. The first flight unit passed all the acceptance tests and Morea received the call from Boeing informing him LRV No. 1 was ready. Morea flew to Seattle and on 10 March 1971, accepted the first LRV destined for Apollo 15. It was folded, secured in its shipping fixture and prepared for its flight to Kennedy Space Center two weeks ahead of schedule.
This was designed and constructed by GM's AC Electronics-Defense Research Laboratories under the management of Sam Romano for a 1964-1965 NASA contract. Romano had joined General Motors in Detroit, Michigan in 1960 in charge of Special Vehicle Development in their Defense Systems Division. In 1961, GM moved the division to Santa Barbara, California as the Defense Research Laboratories and Romano became manager of Lunar and Planetary Programs. The LMDV was a fully-enclosed articulated vehicle incorporating a number of features described in Bekker's 1963 paper.