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Other than rockets, have internal combustion engines run in space?

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Cryogenic_Evolved_Stage The Advanced Cryogenic Evolved Stage (ACES) .. proposed (using) a lightweight internal combustion engine to use hydrogen ...
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Why is NASA waiting until Artemis V to bring a rover?

Crewed moon rovers will be a 55 year old technology by the time Artemis III and IV launch, and historically they greatly increased the amount of time lunar astronauts could spend doing science instead ...
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Apollo mini-bike? For real?

NASA considered motorcycle style transportation for use on Lunar missions. Apparently, it didn’t make the cut, despite the fact it “got air” in a 1/6-G test run: Fig. 4: Test of an Apollo Motorbike ...
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Aspiring to Build a Space Rover from Scratch – Where to Begin? [closed]

What fundamental concepts, beginner-friendly resources, or online courses would you recommend for someone starting with little to no background in robotics? At first, I want to build a an autonomous ...
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What document describes the scientific benefits of the LRV through an increase in the diversity of rocks returned by Apollo 15-17?

Logically, it makes sense that the rock samples returned by the Apollo 15-17 missions tend to be more diverse than the ones returned by previous missions. The astronauts could reach regions of ...
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Embedding foundations from low lunar orbit?

Reading about Lunar Crater Radio Telescope and Lunar regolith thickness and composition, (roughly 5-10m of soft soil) and anchoring in soft regolith, would it make sense, in order to anchor large ...
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Why do the more recent landers across Mars and Moon not use the cushion approach?

I was wondering why the (relatively) recent Perseverance (USA), Chandrayaan-2,3 (India) and Luna-25 (Russia) don't leverage the advantage of the cushion based approach that Spirit, Opportunity, and ...
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Were the Apollo astronauts constrained in how they could set their PLSS cooling?

During EVA 2 of Apollo 17, Gene Cernan pointed out that having his PLSS on the "min cooling" setting was a little warm for him. That's probably because driving the lunar rover made his ...
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Apollo 15: when did the astronauts manually move the LRV?

In Chapter 9 of the Apollo 15 Mission Report it says: In the soft, loose soil at the Apollo lunar surface experiment package site, one occurrence of wheel spin was corrected by manually moving the ...
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How is the temperature of motors used in robotic arm and wheels maintained in a martian rover

The electronic components of the mar's rover are protected from external extreme temperatures with the help of WEB warm electronic box. But what about the motors(which is also an electronic component) ...
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Official source discussing the stress that Lunokhod operators were experiencing?

I came across this document mentioning the high stress that the Lunokhod operators experienced when teleoperating the rovers back in the 1970s. There is a mention that driving Lunakhod 2 was ...
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Are changing regolith properties under different thermal conditions a concern for the VIPER rover?

NASA's VIPER mission will send a rover to the lunar south pole, which will drive on sunlit terrain and in permanently shadowed regions (PSRs), which are among the coldest places in our solar system. ...
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Cost of lunar rover - Apollo 15

The lunar rover, carried by Apollo 15 to moon, cost 60 million USD, in 1971. From a layman's view, it was basically a set of 4 motorized wheels, perhaps very lightweight and with longer battery life ...
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Were there backup routes planned for the Apollo LRV?

I just finished reading "A Man on the Moon" by Andrew Chaikin, an amazing read. For the missions involving the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV, Apollo 15-17), there are some mentions of astronauts ...
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Moon Buggy Can Ride again? [duplicate]

we all know on the moon there are 3 Moon Buggy's. If we go back to moon again some how find one of Luna rovers from 3 in moon will it be running condition if we give some Repairs?
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What was it actually like driving the Lunokhod lunar rovers live from the ground? What were some of the biggest challenges?

This answer to How (the heck) did Lunokhod 2 drive, navigate and survive a ~40 kilometer drive over four months on the Moon using 1970's technology? discusses some of the technologies that made this ...
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How (the heck) did Lunokhod 2 drive, navigate and survive a ~40 kilometer drive over four months on the Moon using 1970's technology?

Mashable.com's Every rover, ranked by distance traveled on the moon and Mars; The 13 rovers, ranked. calls attention to this amazing feat, and a review of basic statistics and discussions on odometry ...
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What if Apollo Lunar Rover failed on the Moon?

Let's assume that our Apollo astronauts are on the Moon, driving their Lunar Rover and they are far away from the LM. What if LRV failed during the mission? Would they be able to get back to the LM on ...
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Is the telemetry from the Apollo Lunar rovers available?

Are there publicly-available datasets of the telemetry from the Apollo lunar rovers? Was rover telemetry even recorded during those missions? If such datasets exist, I would love to retrieve the (...
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How did the Apollo Lunar Rover navigation system computer work?

Unlike the more famous Apollo Guidance Computer I can't find any information about the computer used in the manned lunar rover. It seemed to track three values and display them on analog gauges: the ...
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What's the realistic top speed for a manned lunar rover of the future along the lines of the one that Toyota is designing for JAXA?

I'm curious about how fast a large, enclosed, manned lunar rover could feasibly travel. Toyota hasn't said yet what the top speed will be for the one that they're developing for JAXA, but that's the ...
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If a car or train freely drove on flat terrain on the Moon, would it eventually be stopped by something?

If you start an Apollo LRV on the Moon and let it go on flat terrain (with motor off), would it be stopped by ground friction eventually, or doesn't that stop a car? Same question for a train on rails ...
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Was the Apollo lunar rover ever "airborne"?

The last three Apollo missions included a lunar roving vehicle. The picture below shows one driven with the front two wheels off the ground (a "wheelie"). A car that is "airborne" ...
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Other than Surveyor 3, were any landers within rover distance of Apollo?

Apollo 12 landed within walking distance of the unmanned Surveyor 3 lander, which had arrived on the moon 2 years earlier. The astronauts photographed and returned parts of Surveyor 3. The last three ...
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Could the Lunar Rover jump start the Lunar Module in an emergency?

In Scott Manley's video Why Lunar Landers Had Jumper Cables For Emergencies he describes the "LOSS OF ED [Explosive Device] SUB-SYSTEM" procedure, which includes the use of a jumper cable called the "...
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What was NASA's “LUROVA” Operational Thermal Computer Model analog or digital? How were capacitors used?

@GremlinWrangler's answer links to Apollo Rover Lessons Learned Applying Experiences on the Apollo Lunar Rover Project to Rovers for Future Space Exploration by Ronald A. Creel, Space and Thermal ...
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Lunar rover footage?

How many hours of publicly available footage is there of the lunar rover moving around? Youtube only has 2 min. I want more. Especially with rooster tail.
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How was the Apollo lunar liftoff video transmitted to Earth?

There is video of the Apollo 15, 16, and 17 lunar modules lifting off from the Moon. I recall watching it live for Apollo 17 at least. I know the images were captured by a camera mounted on the lunar ...
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Reasons why the Lunar Rover DID NOT become "a jumble of loosely assembled broken parts on Launch"?

A number of comments and some answers at the question Can I drive Elon Musk's Tesla in 100 Years? suggets the Tesla Roadster "would not survive launch... it would be a jumble of loosely assembled ...
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Would the lunar rovers work (again) today? What would be needed? [duplicate]

3 Apollo missions brought their lunar rovers (Lunar Roving Vehicle) LRV with them, and they remained on the moon. Some of them have broken parts, and their batteries seem to be emtpy, according to ...
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How did astronauts navigate the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV) over the surface of the Moon?

The Lunar Roving Vechicle (LRV), also known as Moon Buggy, was used as a form of transportation on the surface of the Moon during the Apollo program. What system did the astronauts use for ...
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Disc mounted on lunar rover?

My father told me of a story that while he was young working at an electronics company, they all signed a disc that was shrunk down and mounted to one of the lunar rovers. Does anyone know anything ...
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Can I borrow a lunar rover?

According to Wikipedia there are 3 LRVs sitting on the moon, in very well defined locations. Would China, or whomever gets to the moon with a person next, be able to get in and drive around in an LRV ...
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