Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mid Week Match-Up: Moon Rover

The Lunar Rover was a battery-powered two person vehicle used on the Moon for a number of missions during the era of the Apollo program.  While planet bound humans driving flat-6 powered Corvairs back on planet earth, astronauts were plodding around at a few miles per hour -- probably faster than a powerglide equipped 'Vair.  In retrospect, the Lunar Rover was a terrible vehicle for celestial exploration, because a range of 15 miles and top speed of around 5mph is no way to cruise on a giant ball of cheese.  If launch weight was not an issue -- what vehicle would you use for extraterrestrial exploration?


I think this awesome 1986 Suzuki Samurai found here on eBay with 1 day to go would be perfect for exploring the canyons on Uranus, but what would you use?  No budget, no launch weight limitations.

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  1. If ol' Elon were looking for a showpiece marketing project, he could blast the pieces of a properly winterized Model X into orbit on a couple Falcon 9 Heavy rockets, robotically assemble them, and send them off to the moon.

    Of course, some seating and controls changes might be necessary to make room for the suits.

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  2. Eschewing the obvious temptation to post a bunch of pictures of improbable KSP creations, what about http://offroadaction.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bigfoottrax1.jpg ?

    Along the lines of Heavy Metal, the astronauts could get a ride to the pad in their bulky suits in their Astro (natch) van, then just roll the thing up into a cargo bay. Plenty of room to take samples back or equipment out and you gotta figure you'll do OK on the regolith with that much traction.

    Now, all the fantastically abrasive dust up there is another thing, so you'd want to make that bad boy all-electric and try to reduce moving parts. Then the real engineering issues start to crop up.

    ....Gonna go back to KSP and build a Mun van now.

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  3. A Mercury Comet. Or a Saturn. Am I doing this right?

    [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00S0S_dvu8W2ToXc_600x450.jpg[/img]

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    1. I like those suggestions, PhiLOL. I'm no judge and jury but I think you're doing it right. Ahem. Here's a picture of my old Caliente.

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/EIcFnm2.jpg?1[/img]

      It's too bad Saturn got a bad rap amongst enthusiasts. They made some really good cars, for what they were. You could even buy one with a Honda engine in it. Nobody wants to know anything about that. And most of them were terrific in the snow. Again, can't be bothered to acknowledge and award street cred. Red line editions? Forget about it.

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    2. And yes that was my entry. Not the car, because PhiLOL already mentioned it. It's the baby moon hubcaps!

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  4. [img]http://images.craigslist.org/00j0j_k0nx0SVwu7y_600x450.jpg[/img]

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  5. $14K, 1800 pounds, half-ton towing, 40 miles on a charge and 4WD.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/tTSZKzf.jpg?1[/img]

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  6. The Mammoth Car.

    [img]http://www.thiel-a-vision.com/images/speedracer/speed042.jpg[/img]

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  7. [img]http://treys1.com/pics/rc/ax10_39.jpg[/img]

    /done

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    1. Motor? We don't need no stinkin' motor. Once in motion, she'll stay that way.

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  8. Glenfrome Facet

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/3BZb0rv.jpg?1[/img]

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  9. Everybody needs a water ice (shaved ice, icee, slushy, whatever) when walking on the moon.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/iSV1sA7.png?1[/img]

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