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The Places You'll Go on the Moon!

Published by Matt on Tue Sep 8, 2009 11:11 am via: source
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Written by Nancy Atkinson

NASA engineers have been putting prototypes of future moon buggies through the paces out at a field test in the Arizona desert lava fields. Here’s a video taken on Sept. 6 showing the capabilities of the Chariot B, and it’s pretty impressive. The Chariot features 12 wheels driven by two electric motors through a two-speed transmission.

Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Credit:NASA

Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Credit:NASA

It can perform in a “bulldozer” mode with up to 4,000 pounds of force or cruise at up to fifteen miles an hour. Or, in this case, it can climb up extremely treacherous terrain. The modular design also means that the steel alloy frame can be fitted with several different crew and payload combinations, including a small pressurized cabin and a sample collector.

For more on the field tests, follow the Desert RATS on Twitter, and see more images of the Chariot and the Lunar Electric Rover (LER) on Flickr.

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