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mensax
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posted 03-06-2007 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Did the Apollo lunar rover have a reverse gear? And if so was there a rear view mirror?

I wonder if the Orion rovers will be automated and used after the astronauts return to Earth like the Martian rovers are today.


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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-06-2007 06:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mensax:
Did the Apollo lunar rover have a reverse gear?
From NASA: "A T-shaped hand controller situated between the two seats controlled the four drive motors, two steering motors and brakes. Moving the stick forward powered the LRV forward, left and right turned the vehicle left or right, pulling backwards activated the brakes. Activating a switch on the handle before pulling back would put the LRV into reverse. Pulling the handle all the way back activated a parking brake."
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And if so was there a rear view mirror?
"Going in reverse was possible with one dismounted crew member confirming the general condition of the surface to be covered, but this was not often done."

Falcon109
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posted 03-08-2007 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Falcon109   Click Here to Email Falcon109     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It would have been easier for the two guys to just pick it up and turn it around, then drive off forward.

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