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Offline Graham2001

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Adapting an LRV, the M-274 'Mule'
« on: 11/13/2010 12:23 AM »
In the late 50's/early 60's the US Army (Horizon), Navy & Air Force (Lunex) all pitched lunar exploration schemes.

Wisely the US Government chose to hand lunar exploration over to NASA, but it seems that the Army was given a minor role in Apollo Applications programming in the form of a study into 'lunarizing' the M-274 'Mule' utility vehicle for use as an LRV.

Vehicle lunarization study, US Army M-274 'Mule' vehicle. Volume 2, part 1: Technical discussion (72mb)

Vehicle lunarization study, US Army M-274 'Mule' vehicle. Volume 2, part 2: Appendix (10mb)
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Offline Archibald

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Re: Adapting an LRV, the M-274 'Mule'
« Reply #1 on: 11/13/2010 08:31 AM »
Great idea ! Military vehicle roving the Moon ? How about this ?
http://moserm.free.fr/moulinsart/images/char.jpg
« Last Edit: 11/13/2010 08:31 AM by Archibald »
... that ackward moment when you realize that Jeff Bezos personal fortune is far above NASA annual budget... 115 billion to 18 billion...

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Re: Adapting an LRV, the M-274 'Mule'
« Reply #2 on: 11/13/2010 02:09 PM »
Ah Tintin, how could I have forgotten that...

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Re: Adapting an LRV, the M-274 'Mule'
« Reply #3 on: 11/13/2010 02:21 PM »
There has been an effort underway in the US military for some years now to develop an autonomous "mule" for supporting troops in the field.  The idea is that a vehicle with ammunition and other supplies would follow a squad into combat, capable of moving up when needed.  Certainly robotics is making some impressive strides, and this is becoming more possible, although the problems of obstacles and rough terrain are still formidable.  (I also wonder about how useful such a thing would actually be.  What happens if the enemy captures it, getting your ammo and other supplies?)

There also has been some talk about adapting/developing the mule for supporting scientists on the Moon.  I think that could be very useful, carrying tools, samples, providing lighting, etc.  Of course, the lunar program is now dead, but the idea was a good one.